Karpicke & Roediger Learning Task

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Karpicke & Roediger Learning Task

The four variations of the learning task used in Karpicke & Roediger (2008). In this task, participants learn Swahili words using four different study and test strategies:
Duration: 40 minutes
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Dunlosky, J., Rawson, K., & McDonald, S. (2002). Influence of practice tests on the accuracy of predicting memory performance for paired associates, sentences, and text material. In T. Perfect & B. Schwartz (Eds.) Applied Metacognition. (pp. 68-92). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Roediger, H.L. & Karpicke, J.D. (2006a). The power of testing memory: Basic research and implications for educational practice. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1, 181-210.

Karpicke, J.D., & Roediger, H.L. (2007). Repeated retrieval during learning is the key to long-term retention. Journal of Memory and Language, 57, 151-162.

Karpicke, J. D., Reodiger III, H. R. (2008). The Critical Importance of Retrieval for Learning. Science, 319, 966-968.

Karpicke (2009). Metacognitive Control and Strategy Selection: Deciding to Practice Retrieval During Learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 138, 469-486.


Jeffrey Karpicke. Memory and Cognition Lab at Purdue.

Henry Roediger. Memory Lab at Washington University.

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Close the book. Recall. Write it down. (May 2009).

APS Observer. Will that be on the test? (November 2008).

The New York Times. Ultimate Study Tool: Testing (July 2008).

APA Monitor. Testing makes perfect, finds memory retrieval research (June 2008).

Purdue News. Pop quiz: Testing earns high marks as learning tool (February 2008).

ScienceWatch. Fast breaking papers (February 2008).

The Chronicle of Higher Education. You will be tested on this (June 2007).

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Why cramming doesn't work (June 2007).