Hypermnesia for prose

Hajime Otani, James D. Griffith

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Hypermnesia is an improvement in memory that occurs with repeated testing. In the present experiment, hypermnesia was examined with prose materials. Participants were presented with either a fairy tale or an expository passage, followed by 3 free-recall tests. Participants used 1 of 2 encoding strategies (the relational or item-specific processing conditions) to process the material, or they simply read the material (the readonly condition). Recall performance improved across the 3 tests in the relational and item-specific processing conditions. No improvement was found in the read-only condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-155
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of General Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1998


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