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    Withstanding the test of time: multisensory cues improve the delayed retention of incidental learning

    Broadbent, H. and Osborne, Tamsin and Mareschal, Denis and Kirkham, Natasha Z. (2018) Withstanding the test of time: multisensory cues improve the delayed retention of incidental learning. Developmental Science 22 (1), e12726. ISSN 1363-755x.

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    Multisensory tools are commonly employed within educational settings (e.g., Carter & Stephenson, 2012), and there is a growing body of literature advocating the benefits of presenting children with multisensory information over unisensory cues for learning (Baker & Jordan, 2015; Jordan & Baker, 2011). This is even the case when the informative cues are only arbitrarily related (Broadbent, White, Mareschal, & Kirkham, 2017). However, the delayed retention of learning following exposure to multisensory compared to unisensory cues has not been evaluated, and has important implications for the utility of multisensory educational tools. This study examined the retention of incidental categorical learning in five-, seven- and nine-year-olds (N=181) using either unisensory or multisensory cues. Results found significantly greater retention of learning following multisensory cue exposure than with unisensory information when category knowledge was tested following a 24-hour period of delay. No age-related changes were found, suggesting that multisensory information can facilitate the retention of learning across this age range.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Natasha Kirkham
    Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 11:03
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:43


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