maintenance rehearsal

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The simple repetition (without elaboration) of items that need to be remembered in order to prevent them fading from short-term memory, as when a person repeats a telephone number over and over while searching for a pen and paper to write it down. It develops spontaneously in children at 6–7 years of age. See also phonological loop, rehearse (2). Compare elaborative rehearsal.

Subjects: Psychology.

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