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The testing effect in a social setting: Does retrieval practice benefit a listener?

Abel, Magdalena ; Roediger, Henry L.



Abstract

Retrieval practice boosts retention relative to other study strategies like restudying, a finding known as the testing effect. In 3 experiments, the authors investigated testing in social contexts. Subjects participated in pairs and engaged in restudy and retrieval practice of vocabulary pairs. During retrieval practice, 1 subject acted as speaker (overt practice); the other subject listened and ...

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