Title

The Effect of Different Methods of Memory

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

9th Grade

Presentation Topic

Psychology

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

In this experiment, the purpose was to determine the effect of different methods of memory. It was hypothesized that if the three different methods of memorization were used, then rote memorization would be most effective for primarily auditory learners, while the story and loci methods would be most effective for visual learners. Three methods in particular were examined: loci, rote, and story. To carry out this experiment, four different lists, with various objects, places, and ideas, were produced. Three lists were made, one for rote, one for story, and one for loci, as well as a fourth for the subject’s preferred method, the control group. There were then human consent forms sent out, to each test subject. Once returned, the experimentation began. One subject was tested at a time. The person would memorize one list at a time, for however long the subject preferred, and then waited approximately two minutes before taking the test. This process was repeated five times, with five different test subjects. Once the trials were completed the data was collected and analyzed. After research, it was determined that there was not a direct correlation between the type of learner the subject was, and the amount of information the subject remembered. What did seem to affect the amount of information the subjects remembered was simply the method of memory. The amount of information remembered was higher when using the loci, and story methods, rather than the rote method.

Location

Founders Hall 251 B

Start Date

3-30-2019 9:15 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 9:15 AM

The Effect of Different Methods of Memory

Founders Hall 251 B

In this experiment, the purpose was to determine the effect of different methods of memory. It was hypothesized that if the three different methods of memorization were used, then rote memorization would be most effective for primarily auditory learners, while the story and loci methods would be most effective for visual learners. Three methods in particular were examined: loci, rote, and story. To carry out this experiment, four different lists, with various objects, places, and ideas, were produced. Three lists were made, one for rote, one for story, and one for loci, as well as a fourth for the subject’s preferred method, the control group. There were then human consent forms sent out, to each test subject. Once returned, the experimentation began. One subject was tested at a time. The person would memorize one list at a time, for however long the subject preferred, and then waited approximately two minutes before taking the test. This process was repeated five times, with five different test subjects. Once the trials were completed the data was collected and analyzed. After research, it was determined that there was not a direct correlation between the type of learner the subject was, and the amount of information the subject remembered. What did seem to affect the amount of information the subjects remembered was simply the method of memory. The amount of information remembered was higher when using the loci, and story methods, rather than the rote method.