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Title: The Hebb repetition effect in complex span tasks: Evidence for a shared learning mechanism with simple span tasks
Authors: Araya, Claudia
Oberauer, Klaus
Saito, Satoru  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Author's alias: 齊藤, 智
Keywords: Hebb repetition learning
Working memory
Long-term memory
Complex span tasks
Simple span tasks
Issue Date: Jul-2022
Publisher: Springer Nature
Journal title: Memory & Cognition
Volume: 50
Issue: 5
Start page: 925
End page: 940
Abstract: The Hebb repetition effect on serial-recall task refers to the improvement in the accuracy of recall of a repeated list (e.g., repeated in every 3 trials) over random non-repeated lists. Previous research has shown that both temporal position and neighboring items need to be the same on each repetition list for the Hebb repetition effect to occur, suggesting chunking as one of its underlying mechanisms. Accordingly, one can expect absence of the Hebb repetition effect in a complex span task, given that the sequence is interrupted by distractors. Nevertheless, one study by Oberauer, Jones, and Lewandowsky (2015, Memory & Cognition, 43[6], 852–865) showed evidence of the Hebb repetition effect in a complex span task. Throughout four experiments, we confirmed the Hebb repetition effect in complex span tasks, even when we included distractors in both encoding and recall phases to avoid any resemblance to a simple span task and minimized the possibility of chunking. Results showed that the Hebb repetition effect was not affected by the distractors during encoding and recall. A transfer cycle analysis showed that the long-term knowledge acquired in the complex span task can be transferred to a simple span task. These findings provide the first insights on the mechanism behind the Hebb repetition effect in complex span tasks; it is at least partially based on the same mechanism that improves recall performance by repetition in simple span tasks.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.3758/s13421-021-01261-3
PubMed ID: 34870806
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