Meaningful Processing of Sentences

TitleMeaningful Processing of Sentences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1971
AuthorsAnderson, R. C., Goldberg S. R., & Hidde J. L.
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Date PublishedOctober
ISBN Number1939-2176
Keywordscollege students, Human, Information, Meaning, meaningful processing of sentences & learning facilitation, School Learning, Sentences
AbstractConducted 2 experiments in which 91 undergraduates (a) read aloud whole sentences, or (b) read aloud and completed sentences with a blank at the end. Ss who filled blanks learned significantly more. This result suggests that to fill a blank requires a person to comprehend the other words in a sentence whereas a person can read, I.e., render into speech, a complete sentence without comprehending the words. The alternative explanation that the facilitation associated with filling blanks was due to specific transfer was ruled out in the second experiment. (16 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)