THE EFFECT OF DRIVE ON PERFORMANCE AND REMINISCENCE IN A COMPLEX TRACING TASK

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An experiment is reported in which high-drive and low-drive groups equated for intelligence were given a complex tracing task. Under conditions of spaced practice the low-drive group performed significantly better than the high-drive group, and similar differences were observed under conditions of massed practice. A rest pause of 10 min was interpolated in the performance of the groups tested under conditions of massed practice, and reminiscence was found to be greater for the low-drive groups than for the high-drive groups. Significant post-rest decline of performance under massed conditions was observed only for the groups having long pre-rest massed practice and not for those having short pre-rest massed practice.

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