Timothy Parks and Althea Bauernschmidt, Ph.D. to present at EPA

Effects of Pressure on Retrieval Practice: Using Leaderboards to Induce Pressure

Retrieval practice is a powerful way to improve memory. However, little is known about the effects of pressure on retrieval practice and long-term retention. In this experiment subjects were placed on a leaderboard after recall to induce pressure during retrieval practice. Their anxiety was measured after retrieval and their long-term retention was measured via a final recall test two days later. Results showed that pressure did not negatively affect memory.