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Putting action memory to the test: Testing affects subsequent restudy but not long-term forgetting of action events
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Cognitive psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics. Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI). Stockholm Brain Institute, Stockholm; Umeå University, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Cognitive psychology.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 2044-5911, E-ISSN 2044-592X, Vol. 28, no 2, 209-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Testing memory typically enhances subsequent re-encoding of information (“indirect” testing effect) and, as compared to restudy, it also benefits later long-term retention (“direct” testing effect). We investigated the effect of testing on subsequent restudy and 1-week retention of action events (e.g. “water the plant”). In addition, we investigated if the type of recall practice (noun-cued vs. verb-cued) moderates these testing benefits. The results showed an indirect testing effect that increased following noun-cued recall of verbs as compared to verb-cued recall of nouns. In contrast, a direct testing effect on the forgetting rate of performed actions was not reliably observed, neither for noun- nor verb-cued recall. Thus, to the extent that this study successfully dissociated direct and indirect testing-based enhancements, they seem to be differentially effective for performed actions, and may rely on partially different mechanisms.

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2016. Vol. 28, no 2, 209-219 p.
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memory for actions, recalltype, indirect testing effect, direct testing effect, enactment
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127602DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2015.1111378ISI: 000369871700007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-127602DiVA: diva2:910170
Available from: 2016-03-08 Created: 2016-03-08 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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