Effects that a massed repetition of one pair has on other pairs in a list

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Hypothesized that a massed repetition of 1 word pair in a list facilitates the recall of other pairs in that list. This was confirmed using 6-pair lists with Murdock-type test of individual pairs in the lists. Ss were 90 undergraduates. A massed repetition at Serial Positions 1, 3, or 4 resulted in better recall of the lists as a whole, and there was a striking absence of peaks in the recall curves at points corresponding to the repeated pairs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology
Issue number1 PART 1
StatePublished - Oct 1969
Externally publishedYes


  • recall & massed repetition of 1 word pair, college students

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  • Medicine(all)

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