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Cue dependent Forgetting. This experiment investigates Tulvings theory of cue dependent forgetting, with a directional hypothesis stating that context of the encoding setting would act as a cue to participants accessibility to memory, and allow the

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Foundation Psychology Coursework Cue Dependent Forgetting Contents Page Abstract ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Page 3 Introduction --------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 4-5 Method and Design ---------------------------------------------------------- Page 6-7 Results --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 8-9 Discussion ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 10-11 Reference------------------------------------------------------------------------ Page 12 Appendices List --------------------------------------------------------------- Page 13 Abstract This experiment investigates Tulving's theory of cue dependent forgetting, with a directional hypothesis stating that context of the encoding setting would act as a cue to participants' accessibility to memory, and allow them to recall more words. This study emulated a previous study done by Abernathy (1940), which used an experimental method to test whether the recall accuracy is higher in the same environment of encoding and retrieval. In this study, the sample size included 8 mixed gender participants, between the age of 18 and 24, with a difference of 7% higher recall rate in the different context as information was learnt, the null hypothesis has been retained, stated that there is no significant relationship between context of the encoding setting and participants' recall rate. Due to insufficient sample size used, the true relationship between two variables may not be evident. Introduction Aim The aim of this study is to find out whether being in the same classroom at the encoding and retrieval of words acts as a context cue for memory to help recall words. Directional Hypothesis Participants in the same at both encoding and retrieval will remember significantly more words, from list A than participants who will be asked to recall in a different context. Null Hypothesis: The is no significant relationship between the different environment and the amount of words recalled by participants. Directional Hypothesis is used in this study to test the effectiveness of the context acting as a cue for memory retrieval, presuming ...read more.


The participants have to be debriefed about the aims of the study after they have participated. The participants were allowed to ask questions about the experiment. The participants were informed that they could withdraw their data at anytime. Results Summary table Table to show how many words out of 8 participants in Sheet A, encoding and retrieval of the words in same place, and Sheet B, retrieval of words in the hall, got correct. Measure of central tendency Same environment Different environment Mean number of words remembered 11 (78.5 % recall rate) 12 (85.7 % recall rate) Mode number of words remembered 12 (85.7 % recall rate) 14 (100% recall rate) Median number of words remembered 12 13 Range number of words remembered 9 6 The table shows in List A, participants recalled words at the same environment of encoding of words remembered less words than List B, where participants retrieved words in a different environment from the setting where the encoding took place. The mean for List A is 78.5 %, and the mean for List B is 85.7 percent. This shows around 7% percent difference, with List B being higher. The results show that List B, who recalled words in different environment performed better on the cue dependant memory test than List A, who recalled words in the same environment as where encoding took place. The mean for List B (12) is higher than the mean for Sheet A (11). The results show that participants recalled more words from List B than from List A. The results refute the hypothesis. The mode for Sheet A is 85.7 percent, and the mode for Sheet B is 100%. ...read more.


Here is a piece of paper with 14 words on it. 2. You will be given 2 minutes to learn these words 3. You will take a 2 minutes gap in silence. For List B, you will be relocated during the 2 minutes gap, also in silence to avoid distractions. 4. After 2 minutes has passed you will write down the 14 words previously learnt. 5. I will remind you throughout the experiment the next thing you have to do. 6. At the end of the experiment you have the right to withdraw your results. Appendix 2 Word list given to participants List A List B Harm Plant Cars Care Bike Love Desk Chair Ruler Table Heat Pencil Distress Emotion Signs Carpet Heron Hate Sadness Share Kiss Door Raise Warm Heater Market Chart Money Appendix 3 Debriefing You have just taken part in a study to investigate whether the setting at encoding and retrieval of a list of words acts as a context cue to the memory. The results will be available if you wish to view them. All data collected will be kept confidential. Appendix 4 Raw Data Sheet A retrieval and encoding at same setting Sheet B retrieval in different location How many words in each group the participants got correct F 13 M 12 F 10 F 4 F 13 M 12 M 10 M 12 14 12 13 14 14 13 8 10 Total 86 98 Appendix 5 Thank you for considering taking part in this study. I would like to ensure you that you will not be harmed in this experiment. You have the right to withdraw at any time. Your results will remain anonymous. By taking part in this experiment you have given consent. You will be debriefed at the end of the experiment. Signature _____________________________ Iu, KYBenny May 10th 2011 ...read more.

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