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Taking a nuanced view of retrieval practice research: Retrieval-induced forgetting as a starting point

Written by: Terry Pearson
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Terry Pearson, Independent Researcher, UK Introduction In this article, I consider research on two aspects of engaging in retrieval from memory – research that has reported both positive and negative effects. I begin with a very brief outline of the conclusions drawn about the consequences of retrieving information from memory on the long-term retention of the same information. I move on to briefly introduce research that has explored the effects of retrieval on later recall of unpractised information, and describe a selection of important research that has examined the effects that practising retrieval has had on forgetting.  For the purposes of brevity and maintaining a sharp focus, I limit this description of retrieval’s effect on forgetting to a small number of studies that are particularly relevant to the use of retrieval practice in classroom settings. I do so to help readers to avoid unconsciously developing a positively skewed understanding of what researchers have re

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