Updating during reading comprehension: why causality matters.

  title={Updating during reading comprehension: why causality matters.},
  author={Panayiota Kendeou and Emily R Smith and E. J. O'Brien},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  volume={39 3},
The present set of 7 experiments systematically examined the effectiveness of adding causal explanations to simple refutations in reducing or eliminating the impact of outdated information on subsequent comprehension. The addition of a single causal-explanation sentence to a refutation was sufficient to eliminate any measurable disruption in comprehension caused by the outdated information (Experiment 1) but was not sufficient to eliminate its reactivation (Experiment 2). However, a 3 sentence… CONTINUE READING