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Mutual inhibition in collaborative recall: evidence for a retrieval-based account.

Finlay, Fleur and Hitch, Graham J. and Meudell, Peter R. (2000) Mutual inhibition in collaborative recall: evidence for a retrieval-based account. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 26 (6). pp. 1556-1557. ISSN 0278-7393

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Abstract

In Experiment 1 participants gave 3 successive free recalls of items learned either individually or in pairwise collaboration. The first and third recalls were performed individually, the second alone or in collaboration. Collaborative recall led to an inhibitory effect after individual learning but not after collaborative learning, in which partners had similar retrieval strategies. Consistent with a retrieval locus for collaborative inhibition, non-recalled items reappeared in subsequent individual recall. Experiment 2 showed that collaborative inhibition was eliminated when a separate retrieval cue was given for each item. Experiments 2 and 3 also showed that when participants learned items in the same order, their retrieval strategies were more similar and they showed less collaborative inhibition. It is concluded that mutual interference in collaborative recall is due to the mutual disruption of individual retrieval strategies.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 18852
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2008 16:40
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/18852

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