Controlling the resit effect by means of investment depreciation

Rob Nijenkamp*, Mark Nieuwenstein, Ritske de Jong, Monicque M. Lorist

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In accordance with a rational model of study-time investment, we previously found that the prospect of a resit exam leads to lower investments of fictional study-time for a first exam opportunity in an investment game utilizing simulated exams. In the current study, we investigated whether the depreciation of one's first-exam investment reduces the resit effect. Specifically, we investigated study-time investments for a simulated multiple-choice exam in which 0, 50, or 100% of the initial study-time investment was lost before the resit exam. In accordance with our predictions, we found that the magnitude of the resit effect decreased as investment depreciation increased. This finding suggests that the negative effect of resit exams on study-time investment may be countered by creating conditions under which investment depreciation (i.e. forgetting) is expected to occur, for instance, by increasing the temporal interval between the first attempt and resit exam.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cognition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16-Jul-2018


  • Education
  • Investment decisions
  • Investment depreciation
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Rationality
  • Resit exams


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