Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
The frequency theory of V-D learning states that the difference in frequency of occurrence of the correct and incorrect items serves as a cue to Ss; the Ss make their choice based on the relative frequency of the items. The present study consisted of a transfer task with a 2x3 factoral design; on the first task, one half of the Ss learned a list in which the correct items were changed each trial (CC), while one half learned a standard V-D list. On the second task, one third of the CC group learned a list in which high frequency items were correct and low frequency items were incorrect (HL), one third of the CC group learned a list in which low frequency items were correct, and high frequency items were incorrect (LH), and one third of the CC group learned a St. V-D list. On the second task, one third of the St. V-D group learned an HL list, and one third of the St. V-D group learned a St. V-D list. The study was a test of the hypothesis that Ss may be rehearsing the incorrect response in certain situations; if so some anomalous results in frequency theory could be explained. The results of the present study were inconclusive, and gave some evidence which supports the RIR mechanism as well as evidence not in support of the RIR mechanism.
Smith, Russel L., "Rehearsal of the Incorrect Response in Frequency Discrimination" (1973). Electronic Thesis Collection. 53.