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ERIC Number: EJ823850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5952
The Seductive Details Effect in Technology-Delivered Instruction
Towler, Annette; Kraiger, Kurt; Sitzmann, Traci; Van Overberghe, Courtney; Cruz, Jaime; Ronen, Eyal; Stewart, David
Performance Improvement Quarterly, v21 n2 p65-86 2008
Seductive details are highly interesting information tangential to course objectives. The inclusion of seductive details generally harms performance on recall tests, but few studies have used multimedia training or investigated effects on performance on recognition tests or transfer tasks. We conducted two studies using computer-based training, instructing college students to use either Excel or Word mail merge. Contrary to most prior results, we found no negative effect for seductive details on recognition tests, and we found a facilitative effect on transfer performance. We discuss implications for theories of learning and transfer, and practical implications for instructional design and delivery. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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