The Effects of Retrieval Strategy on a Collaborative Reconstruction Task

Bullock, Amanda M (2019) The Effects of Retrieval Strategy on a Collaborative Reconstruction Task. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Matthew Reysen from Psychology, The University of Mississippi.

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The purpose of the present experiment was to explore the effects of using various retrieval strategies on a collaborative reconstruction task. More specifically, we sought to determine the extent to which the Retrieval Strategy Disruption Hypothesis (RSD) could explain the effects of collaborative inhibition on such tasks. Collaborative inhibition is observed when collaborative group performance is lower than the pooled performance of an identical number of individuals working alone (nominal groups). The RSD hypothesis suggests that one group member’s output disrupts another group member’s idiosyncratic retrieval strategy leading to poorer performance relative to individuals working alone. In the present study, participants were asked to reconstruct an eight-item list of common nouns either individually (later used to form nominal groups), with a partner employing a turn-taking strategy (turn-taking groups), or with a partner employing a turn-taking strategy while recalling the words in the order in which they were originally presented (restricted groups). We observed equivalent performance in the nominal and restricted groups and statistically poorer performance in the turn-taking groups. These results are discussed with respect to the Retrieval Strategy Disruption Hypothesis.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Bullock, Amanda M
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Psychology and Biology
Thesis Advisor: Matthew Reysen
Thesis Advisor's Department: Psychology
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Amanda Bullock
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 18:53
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 18:53

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