Incidental Learning Paradigm

The incidental learning paradigm is an experimental paradigm used to investigate learning without intent. Using this paradigm, several groups of subjects are presented with the same list of items (e.g., 20 words) and are instructed to process them in different ways (different orienting conditions), with each group asked to perform a different activity or orienting task with the list. For example,

Importantly, subjects are not told that there will be a subsequent test of memory. At the end of the list presentation, subjects are unexpectedly asked to recall as many of the words as possible. Processing information at a deeper level results in superior recall of that information (Eysenck, 1974).

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