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How interference affects memory recall

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Introduction Background research Some study's that are similar to the experiment are the Baddeley and hitch (1997), McGeoch and McDonald (1931) and Peterson and Peterson (1959). The Baddeley and Hicth study was a study about rugby players forgetting the names of the teams they had played and that it depended more on the number of teams they had played rather than the amount of time and so the interference of all the different teams they had played had caused them to forget. McGeoch and McDonalds study showed interference of using different lists of words to remember and to recall. The participants had to learn various list of words with various types of list to learn for ten minutes afterwards. Recall of the original words was then tested and the participants that were given a second list of words with similar meaning to the first recalled less than those given unrelated words or nonsense syllables, the participants given no second list of words to recall had the best memory recall. The third study that is similar to the experiment is the Peterson and Peterson (1959) In this study participants were asked remember a single nonsense trigram then had an interpolated task to stop them from rehearsing the trigram such as counting backwards in three's from one hundred. ...read more.

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For the second group of participants they will also have the same controls as the group one, and they will have the same song to listen to as there interference for the same amount of time. Ethics The experiment had participants consent and so was aware they were in an experiment. The participants are also allowed to withdraw at ant time during the experiment if they wish to. Results Table of results of words recalled on average Interference Non interference Mean of words recalled 6.8 11.9 Median of words recalled 7 12 Mode of words recalled 7 12 Range of words recalled 6 12 Table commentary Participants who had no interference recalled a mean of 11.9 words this is higher compared to participants that had interference which recalled a mean of just 6.8 words participants with no interference recalled higher than participants with interference in all of the measurements, the mean, median, and mode. The median and mode in both situations of the non interference group and the interference group are both always the same e.g non interference has 12 for median and mode and in interference the recall is 7 for median and mode. Therefore interference seems to lower recall. ...read more.

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Genralisation of Findings I can genralise to my target population that I tested as I used 20 participants that were randomly selected and have different backgrounds. But I cannot genralise outside my target population as the age group was only of 16-17yrs old and so wasn't a very wide range of age. And as these students are in a school there brain is much more active than someone who is over 60 perhaps and so results would differ. Application of study to every day life My study can relate to every day life as every day we are using our memory especially in my study as I was focused in a school where participants are constantly using there memory recall to remember things they have learnt recently and so if the participants have just came out of a lesson and decide they wanted to listen to music then this would have an affect of there memory recall on what they have just learnt. And so it would be advisable for students not to listen to music whilst revising or straight after as the music will interfere with what they have just been studying and so they are likely not to remember as much as they could potentially without interference of music. ...read more.

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