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By analyzing the results of experiments that use a wide variety of training tasks including those that were predominantly perceptual, cognitive, or motoric, this volume answers such questions as: Why do some people forget certain skills faster than others? What kind of training helps people retain new skills longer? Inspired by the work of Harry Bahrick and the concept of “permastore,” the contributors explore the Stroop effect, mental calculation, vocabulary retention, contextual interference effects, autobiographical memory, and target detection. They also summarize an investigation on specificity and transfer in choice reaction time tasks. In each chapter, the authors explore how the degree to which reinstatement of training procedures during retention and transfer tests accounts for both durability and specificity of training. Researchers and administrators in education and training will find important implications in this book for enhancing the retention of knowledge of skills. “You have to read this book. Anyone interested in training will want to read it. This book provides the theoretical bases of the acquisition of durable skills for the next decade. It advances and demonstrates a new principle of skill learning that will prove to be as important as the encoding specificity principle and its corollary, the principle of transfer appropriate processing. This new principle is that highly practiced skill learning will be durable when the retention test embodies the procedures employed during acquisition. This principle, and the other important findings reported in this text, will have a great impact on the evolution of memory theory and on the wide range of applications.” --Douglas Hermann, University of Maryland

Chapter 7: Long-Term Performance in Autobiographical Event Dating: Patterns of Accuracy and Error across a Two-and-a-Half-Year Time Span

Long-Term Performance in Autobiographical Event Dating: Patterns of Accuracy and Error across a Two-and-a-Half-Year Time Span
Long-term performance in autobiographical event dating: Patterns of accuracy and error across a two-and-a-half-year time span
John J.Skowronski
Andrew L.Betz
Charles P.Thompson
Steen F.Larsen

For up to 2½ years, the six subjects in this study listed events in a diary. The subjects later provided dates for these events. Analyses of these dates examined (a) exact dating frequencies and error magnitudes across the 2-year retention interval; (b) possible alterations in the relation between several predictors and measures of dating accuracy with increases in the retention interval; (c) subjects' perceptions of the memory sources used in event dating, and how these sources changed with increases in the retention interval; (d) the impact of the temporal landmarks ...

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