Repetition and Paired Associates Learning

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Science  22 Dec 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3495, pp. 2036-2037
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3495.2036


Recent experiments have suggested that paired-associate items which are practiced and missed are equivalent to new items on future trials, supporting an all-or-none interpretation of the formation of associative bonds. Experiments reported here show that if correct items are discarded after each trial the probability of getting a missed item correct on the next trial is higher than the probability of getting a new item correct.