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Gather relevant information regarding the memories of people with regard to many different factors.

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Task My task during this statistics coursework is to gather relevant information regarding the memories of people with regard to many different factors. I shall need to create numerous hypotheses that are sensible and are practical to carry out, get information relevant to the hypotheses and present the data in different methods which are relevant to the experiment. Hypothesis My primary hypothesis is that pictures are easier to memorise than words, and words are easier to memorise rather than numbers. I have come to this prediction as I personally find pictures easier to remember because you can relate it to something and it is visual, visual objects are said to be easier to memorise. Secondly words are easier to memorise than numbers because words can be easily related to ones thinking and therefore people can remember them easily while numbers are harder to relate. ...read more.

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This is a survey testing both males and females in years 7, 10, and 12. They will be tested on their memory of pictures, words and numbers. They will have 30 seconds to memorise and 60 seconds to write down what they can remember. The only draw back to this source is that all the people being tested have slightly higher IQ's than average, as only grammar school students are being tested. An improvement which I can instantly see that can be made is that a wider range of intellect should be approached. I will secondly be testing my hypothesis with a further range of age groups I will be testing nursery children and year 2 children and then year 4 children, college students, 30+, and 60+ age groups. However a problem I may encounter is that the nursery students I will not be able to test on words and no, and the year 2 students will find the words more difficult to remember due to the fact they may find them difficult to read. ...read more.

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I will need the data to be fairly accurate so that I can achieve true results and not false ones. I am well aware that people mainly children are very competitive in the smallest of things so cheating may occur therefore to prevent this I will have to make sure that the marking is carried out by a different person and also that no ones writes anything down before they are supposed. I witnessed this problem during a trial experiment which we carried out in class. I will be able to check the accuracy of the data, by comparing my findings to that of a proved fully tested experiment about a similar topic form the internet, or a fellow classmate, who is carrying out a similar survey. To investigate the task clearly I will things such as graph to illustrate my results, and this will then make it easier for me to be able to compare my results, however it is very difficult to compare each individual so I will be comparing each age group against one another. ...read more.

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