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Effortful (volitional) attempt to consciously recollect a memory; often required when retrieval cannot be automatically driven by stimuli.
Learning and Memory
CWhite about six years ago.

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Tasks that are asserted to measure active retrieval

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digit/symbol coding test
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"Initial definition retrieved from Petrides M. cited above"
NPicchetti (about seven years ago)

Term History

REVISION 4

Definition contributed by NPicchetti about seven years ago:is when one has to make an effort to consciously recollect a memory when stimuli in memory do not bear stable relations to each other and therefore retrieval cannot be automatically driven by strong, stable, and unambiguous stimulus or context relations.

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Definition contributed by NPicchetti about seven years ago:is when one has to make an effort to consciously recollect a memory when stimuli in memory do not bear stable relations to each other and therefore retrieval cannot be automatically driven by strong, stable, and unambiguous stimulus or context relations. (from PMID: 12559832)

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Definition contributed by NPicchetti about seven years ago:active retrieval is when one has to make an effort to consciously recollect a memory when stimuli in memory do not bear stable relations to each other and therefore retrieval cannot be automatically driven by strong, stable, and unambiguous stimulus or context relations. (from PMID: 12559832)

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Definition contributed by SAdministrator about nine years ago:No definition submitted yet

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