Repetition learning impairs detailed recall

Learning by repetition may enhance memory of factual information, but it has been found to hinder the ability to recall smaller details over time.

Researchers tested student participants’ memory of certain pictures, with each participant given the opportunity to look at the images once, twice or three times. The more often the picture was viewed, factual recall increased and details associated to the image diminished.

These findings suggest that learning through repetition does not wholly strengthen memory recollection, since memory of nuanced details can be impaired.

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