ERIC Number: ED076950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Effect on Memory of Instructions to Forget. Final Report.
Woodward, Addison E., Jr.
This report describes eight experiments dealing with intentional forgetting. The results of the first experiment indicated that not attempting to recall items did not affect appreciably the later recall of these items. The second, third, and fourth experiments indicated that with blocked intra-serial cuing, the more processing allotted to an item, the more likely it was to be remembered. In the fifth, sixth, and seventh experiments, items were presented individually. They were then followed by a blank interval of time that could vary, and then the item's instruction appeared. It was found that final recognition for remember and forget items was positively related to the length of the interval, while final recall was not. In the eighth experiment it was found that implicit forget items were more likely than explicit forget items to be intruded in immediate recall, to be recalled during final recall, and to be recognized in a final recognition test. (DI)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Albion Coll., MI.