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Predicted Levels of Learning for Massed and Spaced Practice Do People Appreciate the Benefits of Spacing?

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Description: In the current experiment, participants were presented with a list of thirty-two word pairs. The list was divided into two equal sublists, one massed and one spaced, and participants predicted how many pairs from each sublist they would be able to remember on a final recall test. We hypothesized that individuals possess knowledge that spacing is a more effective study strategy than massing, and that their predictions would reflect this knowledge. Contrary to this hypothesis, no difference between predictions for the massed sublist and the spaced sublist occurred. These results fail to support the primary hypothesis. It is still possible that individuals possess knowledge of the benefits of spacing and that the conditions of the experiment prevented individuals from taking advantage of this knowledge.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work