Review of the historical, empirical, and theoretical status of the von Restorff phenomenon. Wallace, W. P. Psychol Bull, 63(6):410–424, 1965.
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The major purpose of the review was to examine theoretical and empirical properties of the von Restorff phenomenon. A selection of studies that preceded the von Restorff article demonstrated that isolating an item by making it more vivid than the rest of the list yielded a positive influence on learning that item. Subsequent studies in a variety of contexts have been quite consistent in confirming that isolation facilitates learning of the isolated item. This review attempts to indicate some of the specific features and influences of the von Restorff effect. The final section of the article presents theoretical discussions and suggested attempts to explain the isolation effect.
@Article{Wallace1965,
  author   = {Wallace, William P.},
  journal  = {Psychol Bull},
  title    = {Review of the historical, empirical, and theoretical status of the von Restorff phenomenon},
  year     = {1965},
  number   = {6},
  pages    = {410--424},
  volume   = {63},
  abstract = {The major purpose of the review was to examine theoretical and empirical
	properties of the von Restorff phenomenon. A selection of studies
	that preceded the von Restorff article demonstrated that isolating
	an item by making it more vivid than the rest of the list yielded
	a positive influence on learning that item. Subsequent studies in
	a variety of contexts have been quite consistent in confirming that
	isolation facilitates learning of the isolated item. This review
	attempts to indicate some of the specific features and influences
	of the von Restorff effect. The final section of the article presents
	theoretical discussions and suggested attempts to explain the isolation
	effect.},
}

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