Date of Award

6-2017

Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Neuroscience

First Advisor

Stephen Romero

Language

English

Keywords

negative transfer

Abstract

Campbell and Robert (2012) found that numerical addition practice led to negative transfer on a subsequent test of numerical multiplication. Alternatively Rickard et al (2011) found negative transfer for numerical addition when participants where tested on an intermixed set of addition and subtractions problems after first practicing addition and then practicing subtraction. The present study sought to assess negative transfer by practicing participants with alphabet addition verification problems and testing the performance on alphabet multiplication verification. Ninety-five participants were split into 4 groups and given varying number of days of practice. During the test phase some multiplication verification problems included the same components as the practiced addition problems (e.g. B+3=E and Bx3=E). The results suggest that participants demonstrated significant learning of alphabet addition as well as negative transfer occurring for the alphabet multiplication problems when looking at an overall analysis. When looking at individual groups negative transfer was not seen.

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