Accession Number : AD0645740

Title :   THE EFFECT OF COMPLEXITY OF NATURAL LANGUAGE MEDIATORS AND THE ASSOCIABILITY OF PAIRS ON PAIRED-ASSOCIATE LEARNING,

Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV URBANA COORDINATED SCIENCE LAB

Personal Author(s) : Wearing,Alexander J. ; Montague,William E.

Report Date : JAN 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Natural language mediators (NLM) are widely used by Ss in paired-associate learning. Experiments which have documented their effect on learning have, however, largely ignored qualitative differences between them. Two large groups each learned a different CVC-word list after which they reported any NLMs they had used. Judges rated the complexity of NLMs using a scale developed by Martin, Boersma and Cox (1965) with different materials. The results agree with theirs in that complex NLMs produced fewer errors in learning. However, some categories on the scale were used infrequently which may indicate that, at least with highly meaningful material, a simpler dichotomous categorization (NLM or Rote) may be preferable. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LEARNING, *WORD ASSOCIATION), VERBAL BEHAVIOR, LANGUAGE, VOCABULARY, ERRORS, RECALL, TEACHING MACHINES

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE