טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentShtub Hadas
SubjectLearning and Forgetting with Varying Breaks between
Single Repetitions
DepartmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisors Professor Emeritus Ezekiel Dar-El (Deceased)
Professor Yale Herer


Abstract

The goal of this research is to study learning and forgetting in operations where each repetition is followed by a break. The objective is to predict the learning parameters of relatively long tasks with no breaks and then, to predict the behavior of the learning slope of these tasks with respect to various break lengths between consecutive repetitions.
A few experiments were conducted in order to test the research hypotheses. The experiments were meant to simulate the case of breaks between consecutive repetitions. Forgetting was measured for two types of tasks: a combined cognitive and motor task and a cognitive task.
The results revealed that the learning slope of a combined cognitive and motor task changes when moving from the transient state to the steady state.
A questionnaire was developed in order to predict the learning slope of tasks and revealed a good predictive ability.
In order to predict the time to execute the first repetition of the task, a method that uses a graph of the dimensionless ratio between the execution time of the first unit and the standard time of the task, as a function of the learning slope, was used and resulted in a good accuracy.
A mathematical procedure is proposed for summing several learning curves into a single learning curve. This procedure resulted in a very good prediction.
It was found that forgetting takes place for the combined cognitive and motor task, but there is no forgetting for the cognitive task. A model for finding the learning slope taking forgetting into account is suggested and tested to show very accurate predictions.