Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Denmark, F. L. 2010. Zeigarnik Effect. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Work by Bluma Zeigarnik (1927), a Russian psychologist, established the fact that subjects ranging widely in age tended to remember interrupted tasks better (and with greater frequency) than they remembered tasks they had completed. She first noticed that waiters seemed to remember orders only so long as the order was in the process of being served, not once it was finished and therefore a complete task. What amounted to commonsense observations became the impetus for a series of germinal experiments by Zeigarnik.