Effectiveness of experimenter-supplied and subject-originated first letter and descriptive sentence mnemonics in learning word pairs
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Kenneth a. Blick
Dr. Frederick J. Kozub
Dr. Barbara K. Sholley
Pines, Michael B., "Effectiveness of experimenter-supplied and subject-originated first letter and descriptive sentence mnemonics in learning word pairs" (1973). Master's Theses. 945.
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.