Using prior knowledge to minimize interference when learning large amounts of information.

@article{Kole2007UsingPK,
  title={Using prior knowledge to minimize interference when learning large amounts of information.},
  author={James A. Kole and Alice F. Healy},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  year={2007},
  volume={35 1},
  pages={124-37}
}
In three experiments, we examined mediated learning in situations involving learning a large amount of information. Participants learned 144 "facts" during a learning phase and were tested on facts during a test phase. In Experiments 1 and 2, participants learned facts about familiar individuals, unfamiliar individuals, or unfamiliar individuals associated with familiar individuals. Prior knowledge reduced interference, even when it played only a mediating role. In Experiment 3, participants… CONTINUE READING

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