Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Kenneth a. Blick

Second Advisor

Dr. Frederick J. Kozub

Third Advisor

Dr. Barbara K. Sholley


The purpose of this experiment was to compare the effectiveness of E-supplied and s-originated first letter and descriptive sentence mnemonics to a simple repetition condition. The Ss using E-supplied schemes suffered no losses in recall of 10 word pairs over 6-weeks, while Ss in the other three conditions showed significant retention losses at 2-day and 6-week intervals. The E-supplied schemes were significantly superior to S-originated schemes which in turn excelled the simple repetition condition. There were no differences in recall between the two E-supplied groups or between the two S-originated conditions. It was concluded that the source of the mnemonic was the crucial variable affecting recall.

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