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To find out whether the amount of noise in an environment affects an individual's ability to memorise words in a limited

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Introduction

Noise memory test report

Aim

To find out whether the amount of noise in an environment affects an individual’s ability to memorise words in a limited amount of time

Hypothesis

In a noisy environment, fewer words will be memorised, as it will be harder to concentrate and memorise words.

Method

Design

The type of experiment we did was a lab experiment as it was controlled, as the participants knew they were taking part and also we controlled the locations in which the experiment took place. This was a good thing, as we wanted fair and accurate results, which came from an experiment in which we controlled the conditions. The locations we used were the cafeteria for the noisy environment as it is constantly filled with noise and people and the learning centre for the quiet environment where there is absolute silence and no noise whatsoever.

We used an independent measures design. We used different participants for the two environments as we wanted to avoid any order effects i.

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Middle

No of words

1

Female

16

15

2

Male

17

12

3

Male

16

16

4

Female

16

15

5

Female

16

17

6

Female

16

12

No noise environment

Participants

Sex

Age

No

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Conclusion

        There was a number of ways in which I think I could’ve done better and thus perfected and got better results. I think we could have used a bigger sample giving us a bigger range of results, which could have been looked into more. If I were to carry the experiment, I would use 30 people in total, 15 for noise and 15 for no noise. Also I would make sure that they received 3 minutes to memorise the words and 2 minutes to recall and write then down.

        However memory is not a variable, which can be measured in the real world, memory depends on each individual. Although it can be said that noise does have a certain amount of affect on a person memory, this may not be the case with everyone.

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