The Effect of Prior Practice on Memory Reactivation and Generalization
Article first published online: 17 NOV 2003
Volume 74, Issue 6, pages 1615–1627, November 2003
How to Cite
Hayne, H., Barr, R. and Herbert, J. (2003), The Effect of Prior Practice on Memory Reactivation and Generalization. Child Development, 74: 1615–1627. doi: 10.1046/j.1467-8624.2003.00627.x
- Issue published online: 17 NOV 2003
- Article first published online: 17 NOV 2003
Three experiments examined the effect of practice on memory performance by 18-month-old infants. Infants were tested using an imitation paradigm; an adult demonstrated a series of actions with objects and infants were given the opportunity to reproduce those actions following a delay. Some infants practiced the target actions before the retention interval (practice) and some did not (no practice). In Experiment 1, a reminder treatment alleviated forgetting by infants who practiced but failed to alleviate forgetting by infants who did not practice. In Experiments 2A and 2B, infants who practiced generalized to novel test stimuli after a 24-hr delay, whereas infants without practice did not. Results suggest practice influences the accessibility and generality of infants' memories.