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generation effect

the finding that memory for items to be remembered in an experiment is enhanced if the participants help to generate the items. For example, the word hot will be better remembered if the studied item is “Opposite of COLD: H__” than if the word hot is simply read. Though generation often yields a memory benefit, there are circumstances in which it does not increase retention relative to studying the items.

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May 21st 2024

chronic pain

chronic pain

pain that continues to occur despite all medical and pharmacological efforts at treatment. In many cases, the pain is initially caused by tissue damage or disease. The continuation of the pain is often the result of pathological changes in the central nervous system.