Learning by repetition impairs recall of details (study)

25 Jun

From experience to meaning...

Found this study via @J3ro3nJ. I often say to students that the basics of learning and remembering is deep learning, emotion and repetition. With the latter I mean spaced repetition. Repetition does work, but a new study adds an important nuance. UC Irvine neurobiologists Zachariah Reagh and Michael Yassa have found that while repetition do enhances the factual content of memories, it can reduce the amount of detail stored with those memories. This means that with repeated recall, nuanced aspects may fade away.

From the press release:

In the study, which appears this month in Learning & Memory, student participants were asked to look at pictures either once or three times. They were then tested on their memories of those images. The researchers found that multiple views increased factual recall but actually hindered subjects’ ability to reject similar “imposter” pictures. This suggests that the details of those…

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