Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

Biology

Additional Departmental Affiliation

Psychology

Authors

Amanda Beers

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

A single experiment investigated the influence of varying dimensions of visual stimuli on the ability of academically gifted adolescents to recall paired-associations. Fifty-two participants were randomly assigned to one of four groups. Each group was asked to memorize the same set of 15 paired-word associations. The first group was presented with words only. The second group was presented with words and 2- dimensional (2-D) representations of each word. The third group was presented with words along with 3-dimensional (3-D) representations of the words. The fourth group was also presented words along with 3-D objects; however, this group was instructed to actively manipulate the objects. The recall accuracies of each group were measured directly after the presentation of the last word pair in the set. Large within-group variation prevented significant differences between the accuracy of the groups.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Farley Norman

Disciplines

Biology | Psychology

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