Skill and knowledge retention is a major issue and concern in learning and skill acquisition, especially when trained or acquired skills (or knowledge) are needed after long periods of nonuse. The goal of this book is to summarize and advance the thinking of critical issues related to skill retention and decay in the context of individual and team training on complex tasks. This volume will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in the fields of industrial and organizational psychology, human factors, organizational behavior, and human resources management.

part 1|150 pages

Introduction and Foundational Issues

chapter 1|11 pages


Knowledge and Skill Decay in Applied Research

chapter 2|39 pages

Remembering and Forgetting

From the Laboratory Looking Out

part 2|168 pages

Individual Skill Retention and Transfer on Complex Tasks with Extended Nonuse Intervals, the Factors that Influence Them, and How Skill Decay Can Be Mitigated

chapter 6|23 pages

Improving Military Readiness

Evaluation and Prediction of Performance to Optimize Training Effectiveness

chapter 8|35 pages

Complex Movement Sequences

How the Sequence Structure Affects Learning and Transfer

chapter 9|18 pages

Use of, Reaction to, and Efficacy of Observation Rehearsal Training

Enhancing Skill Retention on a Complex Command-and-Control Simulation Task

part 4|25 pages


chapter 16|23 pages

A Look From “aFarr” (1987)

The Past, Present, and Future of Applied Skill Decay Research