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Incidental Learning in Mildly Retarded Children
Journal of General Psychology
  • Robert A. Fox, Marquette University
  • Anthony F. Rotatori, Northern Illinois University
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5 p.
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Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Fifteen mildly retarded children (mean CA = 11 years, MA = 8 years, IQ = 71), including nine males and six females, were compared with the same number of both CA- and MA-matched intellectually normal children, including 14 males and 16 females, on a Type I incidental learning task involving simple recognition and recall skills. The results of this comparison found that the retarded group learned incidentally, as well as the MA-matched normal group, but exhibited significantly poorer incidental learning than the CA-matched normal group. These results supported the hypothesis that an incidental learning deficiency exists for the retarded group compared with the CA-matched intellectually normal children but not with the MA-matched normal children.


Journal of General Psychology, Vol. 102, No. 1 (January 1980): 121-125. DOI.

Citation Information
Robert A. Fox and Anthony F. Rotatori. "Incidental Learning in Mildly Retarded Children" Journal of General Psychology (1980) ISSN: 0022-1309
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