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I'm a Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where I received my M.A. in 2011. I research human memory, with an emphasis on false memory as well as the application of cognitive psychology principles to human learning, memory, and education. I received my B.S. from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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comment Does writing something down help memorize it?
Wayne, you may be interested in a 2007 paper by Karpicke and Roediger, who speak to this exact issue. They found that it's even more beneficial to keep returning flashcards to the stack until you've retrieved each multiple times. You'll find a comment I wrote on another question relevant, too.
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comment Why do higher incentives lead to lower performance for non-rudimentary tasks?
Thanks! It becomes a very complicated topic because it's surprisingly difficult to translate base performance into accuracy without making certain statistical assumptions. Research on signal detection theory (SDT) by cognitive scientists and others helps resolve these thorny issues.
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answered What is the optimal length of a training session?
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answered Why do higher incentives lead to lower performance for non-rudimentary tasks?
Feb
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comment Is it possible to improve reading speed and visual comprehension by doing exercises?
I'm going to throw in support for Indolering's answer. Although I can't speak much to improving reading speed in particular, I'd think that things like reading comprehension and memory tap into working memory, the short-term memory store that's generally synonymous with attentional capacity and maybe even intelligence. The most compelling argument I've heard about whether working memory can be "trained up" comes from Randy Engle's laboratory at Georgia Tech, where they firmly (and boisterously!)
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