This solution answer's questions as to what verbal learning is, and what variables most impact the acquisition and retention of "verbal" learning. Variables described include: the serial position effect, paired associate learning, free recall, and the primacy/recency effect.
According to Terry "verbal learning is usually identified with the learning (or memorization) of lists of words" (2009, p. 157). It involves the acquisition and retention of items on a list, but verbal learning includes more than just memorizing a list of words as it can also include recall of pictures, places, odors, faces, action sequences, etc...The subject is active not passive in verbal learning, and he or she will draw on prior knowledge and associations to perform verbal memory tasks.
There exist many variables that impact the acquisition and retention of verbal information, and they include:
This solution explains what verbal learning is, and what variables impact it.