Interviews

Interview Compilations

Improving memory by improving learning strategies
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
An example of adaptive memory in real life Dr. Bjork explains the interplay between storage strength and retrieval strength through a real-world example. When moving to a new place or into a new job, a person's memory will have to adjust to the new situation by making the new... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:02:18
Desirable difficulties: Slowing down learning Fast learning doesn't lead to long-term retention of information. In this interview, Dr. Bjork explains that it is beneficial to create study conditions in which learning is slowed down to allow for better memory for the information in the long... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:05:43
Dissociating learning from performance Performance is something that one can easily measure. How well does a person remember some facts? How well can an athlete perform a particular task? Learning is something that needs to be inferred from performance - it cannot be observed directly... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:04:23
Input less, Output more Dr. Bjork emphasizes that actively engaging with material by producing outlines, creating study questions, quizzing oneself or others, is much more effective in generating long-term retention of material than exposing oneself over and over to the... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:03:21
My interest in long-term memory research Dr. Bjork explains how he got interested in long-term memory research. One of the issues that captured Dr. Bjork's interest were the poor intuitions that people have about their own memory. This poses a real problem for education and... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:03:14
Retrieval induced forgetting When retrieving information from memory the retrieved memory will be strengthened. However, competing memories will be less accessible afterwards. This implies that remembering doesn't only produce positive effects for the remembered facts or... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:06:22
Robert A. Bjork - Long-Term Memory Dr. Bjork is a leading expert in the field of applied memory research and its implication for education and instruction. In this interview he outlines his main theory of long-term memory (the new theory of disuse) and how losing access to memories... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive
Spacing Improves Long-Term Retention When learning new material or new skills, spacing the learning episodes over large periods of time will improve the long-term retention of the material or skills. Cramming (or massed practice) will enable a student to perform well on an exam hours... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:04:58
Storage strength vs. retrieval strength According to the new theory of disuse, information that is learned will remain in memory forever. New learning of the material will increase its "storage strength". On the other hand, when information is not used it will become... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:05:13
The Benefits of Interleaving Practice One of the dilemmas facing a learner is the seductive nature of blocked practice. Performance improves fast and learning seems to be optimal - which is the reason why in many areas the idea of blocked practice - or focusing on one thing at a time... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:05:59

Pages