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ERIC Number: EJ1056461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Collaborative Encoding and Memory Accuracy: Examining the Effects of Interactive Components of Co-Construction Processes
Foley, Mary Ann; Fried, Adina Rachel; Cowan, Emily; Bays, Rebecca Brooke
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v40 n1 p25-40 Jan 2014
In 2 experiments, the effect of collaborative encoding on memory was examined by testing 2 interactive components of co-construction processes. One component focused on the nature of the interactive exchange between collaborators: As the partners worked together to create descriptions about ways to interact with familiar objects, constraints were imposed on the interactions by requiring them to take turns (Experiment 1) or to interact without constraints (Experiment 2). The nature of the relationship between partners was manipulated as well by including 2 pair types, friends or unfamiliar peers (Experiments 1 and 2). Interactive component effects were found to influence spontaneous activations through content analyses of participants' descriptions, the patterns of false recognition errors, and the relationship between content and errors. The findings highlight the value of examining the content of participants' collaborative efforts when assessing the effects of collaborative encoding on memory and point to mechanisms mediating collaboration's effects. Because the interactions occurred within the context of an imagery generation task, the findings are also intriguing because of their implications for the use of guided imagery techniques that incorporate co-construction processes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1023890