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The name game: using retrieval practice to improve the learning of names.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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Journal publication date06/2000
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
Journal number2
Volume6
Number of pages67
Pages124-190
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In medium-sized groups such as classes, it is often desirable that the members become acquainted with one another. Toward this end, various methods of introducing group members are often used, with only anecdotal evidence for their effectiveness. The name game is a method for introducing group members that is based on the principles of retrieval practice. The authors compared 2 versions of the name game with a widely used introductory method--pairwise introductions--and found that the name game participants were much better at remembering one another's names after 30 min, 2 weeks, and 11 months. A second experiment tested the contribution of retrieval practice by comparing 2 versions of the name game with a procedure that was matched for number of repetitions and time spent on the task. Again, the name games were superior.