The Effects of a Single Reminder Trial on Retention of a Motor Skill

Authors: Fairbrother, Jeffrey T.; Shea, John B.

Source: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 1 March 2005, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 49-59(11)


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Two experiments investigated the effects of a single reminder trial on immediate and delayed retention. Experiment 1 determined if beneficial effects of a reminder trial were a function of task order. Immediate retention performance benefited only when the reminder trial was practiced in the first block of trials. Experiment 2 added a 24-hr delayed retention test to examine the long-term benefits of a reminder trial. Retention performance was enhanced over both delay intervals. The long-term effect extended previous research (Shea & Titzer, 1993) that documented effects after 10 min. The use of a single reminder trial established that intertask comparisons between multiple reminder trials were not a precondition for the reminder trial effect as postulated by Shea and Titzer.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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