By Nelson Butters
• Edit date: 1980 • writer: educational Press. Inc • ISBN: 0-12-148380-0 • writer: Nelson Butters/Laird S. Cermak • Preface/Forward: through the authors • No. Pages: 188
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3. It is evident from this figure that the amnesics and the normal controls do not differ significantly in their rate of forgetting—even after 60 sec of distraction. This finding is most surprising in view of Milners (1966, 1970) ob53 ALCOHOLIC KORSAKOFF'S SYNDROME oc 3 0 1 Ul o. 3 The graph illustrates the short-term retention of word triads by amnesic and control groups after varying periods of distraction. serrations that the amnesic patient H. M. , rehearsal) to retain any information. The slightest distraction had a disastrous effect upon H.
There is a controversy as to whether these three measures are actually three different ways of tapping the same memory reserve, or whether they constitute three taps of three separate reserves, but that issue will be set aside at this time. RECALL There are two types of recall: free recall (FR) and cued recall (CR). In free recall, patients are asked to produce as much as they possibly can of the material they were asked to learn, without being given prompts or cues. For instance, patients might be asked to recite a list of words they had learned a few minutes previously.
1). This led them to their conclusion that decay was the principle cause of forgetting in STM. The error of their assumption was quickly pointed out by Keppel 22 2. 2 0 3 6 9 12 Recall interval (sec) 15 18. 83 sec as a function of the recall interval. and Underwood (1962), who showed that the Petersons had overlooked an important source of "interference" in their design, namely, the PI that accrued from items presented on preceding trials. Keppel and Underwood argued that because the Petersons had given their subjects several practice trials before initiating their testing procedure, a good deal of PI had been generated prior to the point at which they began to collect data.