Free Association as a Mnemonic Device for Retention in Younger/Older People

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether and to what extent free association following exposure to written material would affect the memory of that material, and whether the effect upon memory would vary with age of the subject. A test of learning (immediate retention) resulted in a significant difference in performance between young and old women--the older learning less. Free association was not found to be significant as a mnemonic aid to either age group, and was compared with characteristics of other more common mnemonics. Suggestions for additional research are discussed.

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Tompkins, Alfred A. August 1977.

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether and to what extent free association following exposure to written material would affect the memory of that material, and whether the effect upon memory would vary with age of the subject. A test of learning (immediate retention) resulted in a significant difference in performance between young and old women--the older learning less. Free association was not found to be significant as a mnemonic aid to either age group, and was compared with characteristics of other more common mnemonics. Suggestions for additional research are discussed.

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Tompkins, Alfred A. Free Association as a Mnemonic Device for Retention in Younger/Older People, thesis, August 1977; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc663665/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .