Foundations Of Cognitive Science

Maintenance Rehearsal

Maintenance rehearsal is a type of rehearsal proposed by Craik and Lockhart (1972) in their Levels of Processing Model of memory. Maintenance rehearsal involves rote repetition of an item's auditory representation. In contrast to elaborative rehearsal, this type of rehearsal does not lead to stronger or more durable memories. Maintenance rehearsal is also part of Baddeley's (1986) model of working memory; it maintains items in memory by preserving them in an articulatory loop.


  1. Baddeley, A. (1986). Working memory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. Craik, F.I.M., & Lockhart, R.S. (1972). Levels of processing. A framework for memory research. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behaviour, 11, 671-684.

(Revised October 2010)