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Retention as a Function of Degree of Overlearning

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Science  23 Feb 1962:
Vol. 135, Issue 3504, pp. 666-667
DOI: 10.1126/science.135.3504.666

Abstract

The effects of overlearning on retention were investigated with serial lists of words of high and low frequency of linguistic usage. For both types of materials, amount recalled showed a positively accelerated increase with degree of overlearning. These increases in recall resulted from improved retention of relatively difficult parts of the lists. Speed of relearning to complete mastery was a direct function of degree of overlearning.

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