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ERIC Number: EJ941329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0022-5002
Reversing the Course of Forgetting
White, K. Geoffrey; Brown, Glenn S.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, v96 n2 p177-189 Sep 2011
Forgetting functions were generated for pigeons in a delayed matching-to-sample task, in which accuracy decreased with increasing retention-interval duration. In baseline training with dark retention intervals, accuracy was high overall. Illumination of the experimental chamber by a houselight during the retention interval impaired performance accuracy by increasing the rate of forgetting. In novel conditions, the houselight was lit at the beginning of a retention interval and then turned off partway through the retention interval. Accuracy was low at the beginning of the retention interval and then increased later in the interval. Thus the course of forgetting was reversed. Such a dissociation of forgetting from the passage of time is consistent with an interference account in which attention or stimulus control switches between the remembering task and extraneous events. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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