Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




College of Science

First Advisor

Louis E. Keiner

Second Advisor

Matthew S. Murphy


This study looks at the relationship between emotionally charged words and the depth at which information is processed and how this relationship affects memory. It is predicted that emotional stimuli make the depth of processing process easier, resulting in emotionally charged words being recalled most frequently. Participants were presented with stimuli using a word task and then took a memory test. Responses to the memory test were measured via Qualtrics. Due to small sample size, the results did not conclusively indicate whether or not emotional valence and depth of processing interact to affect memory. There was no significant interaction between the two variables. There was also no significant interaction in relation to confidence. No significant difference between gender was found.