Information theory and immediate recall


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The influence of degree of organization on the ability of Ss to recall lists of syllables immediately after learning was used as a measure in applying the concept of information to the problem of learning. More syllables were correctly recalled from a passage with a lower average rate of information than from a passage with a higher average information rate. The amount of information learned by the Ss was constant when the degree of organization was between 2 and 1.5 bits per syllable.
Keywords immediate recall   information theory   learning   syllables
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DOI 10.1037/h0061660
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