Imagery and sentence learning

Richard C. Anderson, Janet L. Hidde

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Told 24 undergraduates that they were helping norm materials for a future experiment. Ss either rated the pronounceableness or the image-evoking value of 30 sentences. After 1 presentation of the sentences, a surprise test was administered in which s attempted to recall the verb and object of each sentence given the subject noun as a retrieval cue. Ss who rated imagery recalled over 3 times as many words as those who rated pronounceableness it is argued that imagery instructions facilitated learning by causing ss to process the sentences in a meaningful fashion. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)526-530
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1971
Externally publishedYes


  • imagery instructions
  • sentence learning, imagery vs. pronounceableness ratings &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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