Presentation Title

Short Term Memory Recall: Testing Highlighted Words and Decay Theory

Presenter Information

Kaitlin Lomas
Sydney Jacobsen
Heidi Reul

Location

House of Learning Library, 3rd floor

Start Date

18-3-2016 12:00 PM

End Date

18-3-2016 6:00 PM

Abstract

This study aims to increase knowledge in the area of memory improvement. Of particular interest is the real-world application of memory research to students, who use memory improvement techniques regularly in order to achieve their academic goals. It is expected that the use of memory techniques will significantly improve participants performance on a memory recall task. A standardized list of the same 20 words will be distributed to four groups and the participants will be asked to memorize them. Half of the lists will have 10 of the words highlighted and participants will have 2 minutes to view the words. This study will also examine the difference in the amount of words recalled either immediately after memorization or with a 1 minute delay period until recall is allowed. In order to measure changes in memory performance, participants will be asked to write the words they remember on a piece of paper and the total number of highlighted words recalled will be counted and compared to the total number of the same words recalled from the non-highlighting groups. It is expected that the groups allowed immediate recall and given highlighted words will be better able to recall the words. It is hoped that the results produced by the interaction between highlighting and time will be applicable to our lives as students as well as useful to our peers.

Department

Psychology

Faculty Advisor

Jenni Karl

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Short Term Memory Recall: Testing Highlighted Words and Decay Theory

House of Learning Library, 3rd floor

This study aims to increase knowledge in the area of memory improvement. Of particular interest is the real-world application of memory research to students, who use memory improvement techniques regularly in order to achieve their academic goals. It is expected that the use of memory techniques will significantly improve participants performance on a memory recall task. A standardized list of the same 20 words will be distributed to four groups and the participants will be asked to memorize them. Half of the lists will have 10 of the words highlighted and participants will have 2 minutes to view the words. This study will also examine the difference in the amount of words recalled either immediately after memorization or with a 1 minute delay period until recall is allowed. In order to measure changes in memory performance, participants will be asked to write the words they remember on a piece of paper and the total number of highlighted words recalled will be counted and compared to the total number of the same words recalled from the non-highlighting groups. It is expected that the groups allowed immediate recall and given highlighted words will be better able to recall the words. It is hoped that the results produced by the interaction between highlighting and time will be applicable to our lives as students as well as useful to our peers.