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Memory. In this investigation, my aim is to see whether shallow processing or deeper processing lasts long in the human mind. This means that I am checking to see whether people can remember things

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G.C.S.E PSYCHOLOGY - MR HUNT COURSEWORK "HOW GOOD IS THE MEMORY?" HOW GOOD IS THE MEMORY? INTRODUCTION AIM: In this investigation, my aim is to see whether shallow processing or deeper processing lasts long in the human mind. This means that I am checking to see whether people can remember things that can make a story thus meaning more or if they can just remember random things due to physical appearance. RELEVANCE TO SPECIFICATION In this investigation I am trying to investigate whether people remember more when there is a meaning attached to it or whether they just remember it due to its physical appearance. We are seeing how well the brain remembers things if it finds it harder or easier to remember things that mean little or nothing at all. The area of study I am researching for this investigation is "levels of processing approach". The psychologists that investigated this were Fergus Craik and Robert Lockhart (1972). They were challenging the multistore model saying that there are two ways in which we remember things. Craik and Lockhart believe that people remember things that can be elaborated (linked to other things) on rather than things that are remembered due to visual appearances. Theses are called shallow processing and deep processing. Shallow is when you remember something because you have not elaborated on it but just remembered it using acoustic processing liking remembering a phone number. Deeper processing is when we remember things because we have made links with it and so we associate it with other things so it easier to remember. HYPOTHESIS My hypothesis is that people are more likely to remember things where they can make semantic connections, rather than things they encounter on a shallower, seemingly unconnected level? Hopefully by the end of this investigation, I shall have proved my hypothesis correct. METHOD Design Every investigation has a design to it. ...read more.

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We ask of you to behave in a fashionable manner while you participate. You are going to observe a number of images on the screen. You will then be given a certain amount of time to write down as many as you can think of. We will then collect your results and analyse them. Your results are confidential and will not be shown to anyone for any purpose whatsoever. Furthermore, this investigation is not to see how smart or clever you but just for us to gain some results so that we can carry on with our research. Now that you have the concept of our experiment if you wouldn't like to participate, you may leave now. Thank you. Now the experiment will begin and I would like complete silence. I shall put the 20 participants in a room and brief them on what they are just about to see I will direct them to look at the screen at which time, 10 images are going to be shown I will put in the 10 images that have semantic connections towards one another, and give the participants a minute to look at the screen I will then take of the pictures and put on the next 10 images that don't connect in anyway for a minute I will hand out the paper and pens while the minute is going on I shall then take off the image and the participants will have 11/2-minutes to write down as many images that they can remember We will then collect their results, debrief them on what they have just been involved in, and answer any questions Thank them for taking part in the investigation Debrief: Thank you for participating in our experiment. We hope can now tell you that the reason we called you here was because we were investigating how much more people can remember things based on the connections that they have. ...read more.

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give the participants 10 seconds to look at the screen I will then take of the pictures and put on the next 5 images that don't connect in anyway for 10 seconds I will then take off the images I will then entertain them for 10 minutes I will hand out the paper and pens in the last minute of the ten The participants will have 30 seconds to write down as many images that they can remember We will then collect their results, debrief them on what they have just been involved in, and answer any questions Thank them for taking part in the investigation Based on the results of my investigation we can say that it was not a success. One of the reasons my experiment was not a success was because of the lack of images on the screen. Now that I can see that my procedure did not help me get good results I shall design another procedure that should help me in making my experiment more concrete. PILOT TEST RESULTS Number of participants Condition A Condition B 1 I I I I - I I I I - 2 I I I I V I I I X 3 I I X I I I I V 4 I I I X I I I I V 5 I I I I I - I I I I I - 6 I I I I I - I I I I I - 7 I I I - I I I - 8 I I I X I I I I V 9 I I X I I I I V 10 I I I X I I I I I V TOTAL 34 1 41 5 My pilot study shows that more people remembered the meaning less pictures. This may be because they are more visually appealing which leads to shallow processing. GCSE - PSYCHOLOGY MEMORY Name: Ayokunle W. Odedoyin Page 2 Candidate No: 8204 Centre Number: 12107 ...read more.

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