Practice-Testing to Build Stress-Resistant Memories

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Practice-Testing to Build Stress-Resistant Memories


Building stress-resistant memories - Practice testing offers protection

Learning by taking practice tests, a strategy known as retrieval practice, can protect memory against the negative effects of stress, report scientists from Tufts University in a new study published in Science.

In experiments involving 120 student participants, individuals who learned a series of words and images by retrieval practice showed no impairment in memory after experiencing acute stress. Participants who used study practice, the conventional method of re-reading material to memorize it, remembered fewer items overall, particularly after stress.

"Typically, people under stress are less effective at retrieving information from memory. We now show for the first time that the right learning strategy, in this case retrieval practice or taking practice tests, results in such strong memory representations that even under high levels of stress, subjects are still able to access their memories," said senior study author Ayanna Thomas, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the graduate program in psychology at Tufts.

Building stress-resistant memories - Practice testing offers protection

It makes me wonder -- how many of the top memorizers practice retrieval between the memorization and recall phase at competitions. Dominic O'Brien mentioned that in one of his books as one of his tricks for winning.

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