ERIC Number: ED051538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Influence of Temporal Parameters and Intensity of Post-Learning Arousal Change on Long-Term Retention. Report from the Project on Motivation and Individual Differences in Learning and Retention.
Kumar, Krishna; Farley, Frank H.
This study examines the effects on long-term retention of variations in intensity and temporal parameters of arousal following a single learning trial in a paired-associate task. Intensity of arousal was manipulated by using two levels of noise, 75 db. and 90 db., and a condition without noise. Noise was delivered to the 56 female university student subjects at 0-3 minutes, 3-6 minutes, and 6-9 minutes following a learning trial. The main effect of level of arousal was not significant. However, the results do tend to indicate that a moderate level of arousal induced between 6-9 minutes is conducive to the consolidation process, resulting in superior long-term recall. The results are discussed in terms of a multi-stage analysis of memory consolidation and directions for further research are outlined. (Author/TL)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.