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ERIC Number: EJ825156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Retrieval-Induced Forgetting in a Category Recognition Task
Spitzer, Bernhard; Bauml, Karl-Heinz
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v35 n1 p286-291 Jan 2009
Prior work on retrieval-induced forgetting showed that retrieving a subset of formerly studied items can impair item recognition of related, nonretrieved material. Here it was investigated whether retrieval practice can also impair the items' recognition as a member of a studied category. Subjects studied preexperimentally unrelated words that were categorized by their font colors, then practiced retrieving a subset of the words using a word stem completion task. Finally, an episodic category recognition test based on confidence ratings was applied. Receiver operating characteristic analysis of the data demonstrated a reliable impairment in subjects' recognition of the nonretrieved items' category relative to control items. The result indicates that retrieval-induced forgetting is not restricted to item recognition but generalizes to category recognition tasks. Inhibitory as well as noninhibitory explanations of the finding are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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