Can memory blocks produce a Zeigarnik effect?

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dc.contributor.advisor Bruce, Darryl
dc.creator Junus, Faizal 2011-05-09T12:31:34Z 2011-05-09T12:31:34Z 1996
dc.identifier.other BF378 I65 J86 1996
dc.description v, 86 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 42-45).
dc.description.abstract Under the assumption that memory blocks are comparable to interrupted tasks since both are deemed to be uncompleted, a series of five experiments investigated if memory blocks would produce a Zeigarnik Effect--the better recall of uncompleted tasks. Questions constructed from a 24-28 stimulus item set (noun category and initial letter) were randomly presented to subjects who had to make a response within a fixed amount of time. If an answer was not produced, then the question was considered uncompleted. Examining item difficulty and completion of recalled items, the first three experiments showed two different patterns: better recall of uncompleted difficult items (Zeigarnik Effect) and better recall of completed easy items (an effect opposite to the Zeigarnik Effect). Experiments 4 and 5 controlled for item difficulty and the results yielded an effect opposite to the Zeigarnik Effect--better recall of completed questions. It was concluded that a higher rate of subsequent recall may have been due to the answers of completed questions acting as retrieval cues.
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dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc BF378.I65
dc.subject.lcsh Interruption (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Memory -- Testing
dc.subject.lcsh Recollection (Psychology)
dc.title Can memory blocks produce a Zeigarnik effect?
dc.type Text Master of Science in Applied Psychology Masters Psychology Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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