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ERIC Number: ED505699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Spacing and the Transition from Calculation to Retrieval
Rickard, Timothy C.; Lau, Jonas; Pashler, Harold
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Many arithmetic problems can be solved in two ways: by a calculation involving several steps, and by direct retrieval of the answer. With practice on particular problems, memory retrieval tends to supplant calculation--an important aspect of skill learning. We asked how the distribution of practice on particular problems affects this kind of learning. In two experiments, subjects repeatedly worked through sets of multi-digit multiplication problems. The size of the trained problem set was varied. The smaller set size (with shorter average time between problem repetitions) showed faster responses and an earlier transition to retrieval during training. However, in a test session presented days later, the pattern reversed, with faster responses and more retrieval for the large set size. Evidently, maximizing the occurrence of direct retrieval within training is not the best way to promote learning to retrieve the answer. Practical implications are discussed. (Contains 4 figures.) [This article was printed in the in-press version of: "Psychonomic Bulletin & Review" (2008, 15, 656-6661). Its contents may differ from the final published version.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305B070537; R305H040108