Pictures, imagery, and children’s recall of central versus peripheral sentence information

Research paper by Joel R. Levin, Bruce G. Bender, Michael Pressley

Indexed on: 01 Jun '79Published on: 01 Jun '79Published in: Educational Technology Research and Development


It is fairly clear that story-relevant pictures help children recall story information. But do pictures showing details distract students’ attention from central information, and thus hinder recall? In this study of second and fifth graders, such pictures (as well as subject-generated images) facilitated recall of both central and incidental information contained in single-sentence mini-stories.