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A discussion on verbal learning and memorization concepts.
# 150951 | 1,374 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 15, 2012 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Psychology (Memory) , Language (General)

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The paper discusses the concept of verbal learning and explains that it is the learning and memorization of a list of words that help acquire the retention of the information by the laws of learning. The paper compares the concepts of serial learning, paired association learning and free recall and also explores the concept of mnemonics in the recall of verbal stimuli.

The Concept of Verbal Learning
Compare and Contrast Serial Learning, Paired Associate Learning, and Free Recall
The Concept of Mnemonics in the Recall of Verbal Stimuli

From the Paper:

"The concept of verbal learning exists as a field of experimental psychology intent on studying certain verbal associations similar to memorization; verbal learning deals with acquisition of the associations (Terry, 2009). Verbal learning occurs when the information presented occurs visually as with a blackboard or in a written language format as with an outline of the information. A person benefits from information obtained from textbooks and class notes. An individual tends to like to study by him or herself in a quiet room. Many times after hearing the lecture, viewing the PowerPoint presentation and the studying the textbook, during a written test of the material covered, one may visualize where the material discussed exists in the text book. Two processes involved in verbal learning include reception and discovery (Johnson& Smith, 1991). According to Ciccarelli (2009), In Skinner's Verbal Behavior, exists a functional definition of verbal behavior that extends operant conditioning to verbal behavior accounting for the full range of human behavior (Ciccarelli, 2009). Skinner defined verbal behavior as a group of verbal operants serving a different function for the individual. He used new terminology to separate traditional linguistic from these operants. Skinner further explained for a person to learn, a person needs the ability to use imitation or learning becomes nearly impossible. This is especially true for teaching language and specific job skill sets (Johnson& Smith, 1991)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amiryousefi, M., & Ketabi, S. (2011, January). Mnemonic instruction: A way to boost vocabulary learning and recall. Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2 (1), 178-182.
  • Ciccarelli, S., (2009) Psychology. Upper Saddle New Jersey: Prentice Hall Publishing
  • Johnson, D., Johnson, R., & Smith, K. (1991). Active learning: Cooperation in the college classroom. Edna, MN: Interaction Book Company
  • Oztekin, I., Long, N., & Badre, D. (2010). Optimizing design efficiency of free recall events for FMRI. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22 (10), 2238-2250.
  • Terry, W. S. (2009). Learning and memory: Basic principles, processes, and procedures (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn Bacon.

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