The Recency Effect in Psychology

When designing effective learning experiences it is important to keep in mind the recency effect and how it impacts learning. Post any comments or discussions below and relate how your learning experiences are designed keeping this effect in mind.

"The recency effect is dependent upon short-term memory. This type of memory, also known as active or primary memory, is the ability to hold a relatively small amount of memory in the mind for a brief period of time. This information is held and kept active for use, but it is not manipulated.

Briefly storing a phone number someone just recited to you for long enough to dial it is a good example of short-term memory. Short-term memory is limited in terms of both capacity and duration.

1.Most information in short-term memory only lasts between 15 and 30 seconds without active maintenance or rehearsal.
2 Approximately four pieces of information can be held in short-term memory for a brief period.