Accession Number : AD0615713

Title :   AN OPTIMAL STRATEGY FOR THE PRESENTATION OF PAIRED-ASSOCIATE ITEMS.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. for 15 Mar-64-15 Mar 65,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Dear,Robert E. ; Silberman,Harry F. ; Estavan,Donald P. ; Atkinson,R. C.

Report Date : 10 MAR 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : This study was concerned with the implementation of certain mathematical results that give optimal ways to present stimulus items in learning experiments. This optimization theory is based on a stimulus-sampling model of a learning experiment. We assumed that this particular model of learning would describe pairedassociates learning and then compared the effects of training subjects in several paired-associates experiments by the optimal strategy and by another simple presentation strategy. Our empirical results did not support the adequacy of the assumed model of learning for representing the learning processes in these experiments. In particular, it appears that suitable models of these learning situations must incorporate some mode of representation of short-term retention. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LEARNING, OPTIMIZATION), (*OPTIMIZATION, LEARNING), (*CONDITIONED RESPONSE, OPTIMIZATION), SAMPLING, TRAINING, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, PROBABILITY, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE