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Memory In College Students

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Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Terry Pettijohn, Psychology

Major

Psychology

Presentation Abstract

Today, students are trying every way they can to acquire new study habits. They create flashcards, put paragraphs into text-to-speech websites, and even go through pads of sticky notes and boxes of highlighters. This study was created with the idea in mind that there has to be a better way to retain information. This study looks at short term memory in college students and how the color of words affects the retention rate. One-hundred college students were asked to read the words given to them on the board then to replicate them after the words disappeared. During the first trial, the words were black, during the second trial, the words were red, and during the third trial, the words were blue. Half of the participants were asked their pronouns before looking at the words given to them and the other half were asked after. This was in hopes of getting participants to think about gender schema and perhaps producing a higher or lower word retention number. During this study the prediction of results is that red colored words will produce a greater amount of word recall. Knowing if the color of the word produces a higher retention rate could boost test grades among students.

Location

Room 3 (BRTH 114)

Start Date

13-4-2022 2:50 PM

End Date

13-4-2022 3:10 PM

Disciplines

Psychology

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Apr 13th, 2:50 PM Apr 13th, 3:10 PM

Memory In College Students

Room 3 (BRTH 114)

Today, students are trying every way they can to acquire new study habits. They create flashcards, put paragraphs into text-to-speech websites, and even go through pads of sticky notes and boxes of highlighters. This study was created with the idea in mind that there has to be a better way to retain information. This study looks at short term memory in college students and how the color of words affects the retention rate. One-hundred college students were asked to read the words given to them on the board then to replicate them after the words disappeared. During the first trial, the words were black, during the second trial, the words were red, and during the third trial, the words were blue. Half of the participants were asked their pronouns before looking at the words given to them and the other half were asked after. This was in hopes of getting participants to think about gender schema and perhaps producing a higher or lower word retention number. During this study the prediction of results is that red colored words will produce a greater amount of word recall. Knowing if the color of the word produces a higher retention rate could boost test grades among students.