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Primacy and Recency

When we talk about the Primacy Effect and the Recency Effect, we are talking about the theory and application of the following: “. . . the Primacy Effect . . . you remember some things at the beginning of a list because it occurred first. There is the beginning, a long middle that blurs together, and now it is the end.” (8) The Primacy Effect is the beginning. You remember it because that is where you started. The Recency Effect is the finish. You remember the end the best.

In terms of learning your lines, the most crucial times are when you first pick up your script during the day and the last time at night. Ideally, this should be done immediately in the morning (Primacy) and right before going to bed (Recency).

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