• Question: During spaced learning to improve LTM how have the 2 input sessions been structured within the below article? Is the evidence based on repeating the same input, is it altered slightly or is it entirely different input?(http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00589/full)

    Asked by bcobbold to Lucy, Kathrin, Joni, Joe, Iroise, Ian, Emma, Duncan on 22 Apr 2015.
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      Iroise Dumontheil answered on 22 Apr 2015:

      The way I understand it is that within a class, there were three repeats of the same content (over 20min or less each), separated by two distractor activities of 10 min.

      “Repeating the same content three times in the same session, albeit with minor changes, was highly unusual but manageable. ”

      The study with the different conditions and Biology/Physics course seems less clear. In condition 1 they seem to be talking about two different Biology courses, in Condition 2 students did the first Biology course as normal and the second one with spaced learning, in Condition 3, students again did the first Biology course as normal and then the single Spaced Learning session on I think the second Biology course.

      Sorry if this didn’t help to clarify anything… You could try contacting the authors.

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      Joseph Devlin answered on 22 Apr 2015:

      If I understand correctly, Kelly tries to change the input slightly in his repetitions although the basic content remains the same. So he may present the material in three different ways, but if you got it the first time you won’t necessarily gain additional knowledge from the repeats.