kitchen table math, the sequel: implicit learning

Friday, April 8, 2011

implicit learning

I re-took another Blue Book math test I'd taken some time ago. I again had no conscious memory of any of the problems, but did them all (save one) fast, finished early, and got everything right.

The problem I couldn't do was the last one in the set and thus the most difficult. My conscious thought was that I had no idea how to do it, a conclusion I arrived at after having in fact done the problem and finding that my answer wasn't amongst the choices. I left it blank.

After the timer rang and I had checked my answers, I went back to the last question.

Turned out my solution was right. It was my arithmetic that was wrong.

Not only do I not recognize the problems, it appears that I don't recognize the solutions, either, even a solution I have just written myself.

I'm going to re-read Arthur Reber, I think. One of my favorite books.

Implicit Learning and Tacit Knowledge: An Essay on the Cognitive Unconscious (Oxford Psychology Series)

The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition

1 comment:

Catherine Johnson said...

My neighbor thinks the explanation is age, but that doesn't seem quite right.

When you get older, you forget people's names but remember their faces.

I'm not visually recognizing the problems -- yet I **am** able to produce a series of steps I've obviously produced in the past...