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Improving Memory

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Author: Melissa Bautista

Grade Level: 7th - 12th; Type: Life Science, Social Science

Objective:

In this experiment we will test the various techniques to improve memory. Subjects will take a memory test before and after learning a memorization technique to examine which method is the most effective.

 

Research Questions:

Which memorization technique is the most effective?

Our memory is composed of a complex network neurons which allow us to remember simple things like our name and address to complex sequences such as telephone numbers. As we mature our memory develops. Think about your very first memory as a child. How old were you? Many people cannot remember before the age 3 years old. So if our memory develops throughout life, are we able to exercise our mind just as we do when we develop physically? In this experiment students will choose 3 memorization techniques and examine its effectiveness.

Materials:

  • Computer with Internet connection

Experimental Procedure:

  1. Choose three memorization techniques based on your background research.
  2. Choose at least 10 subjects. To eliminate variations in gender and age choose a single sex and age group.
  3. Have each subject take a memory test (see reference websites). This initial test will be the control, their memorization capability before learning techniques to improve their memory. Tests should be based on the 3 memorization techniques you have chosen to research. Record their scores.
  4. After the memory test have each subject learn one memorization technique.
  5. The next day have subjects take the same test. Record their scores. Did they improve?
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the other memorization techniques.
  7. Organize your data in a chart, then graph, to determine which memorization technique was the most effective among your study population.

     

    Number Sequences (Number of digits)

    Association Group

    Initial Score

    Memorization Technique

    A

    7

    9

    B

    8

    10

    C

    6

    10

    D

    9

    9

    E

    10

    13

    F

    5

    11

    G

    7

    12

    Average

    7.43

    10.57

    % Difference

    Increased

    42.31%

     

     

     

    Rehearsal Group

    Initial Score

    Memorization Technique

    A

    6

    11

    B

    8

    10

    C

    7

    9

    D

    9

    12

    E

    6

    14

    F

    8

    9

    G

    7

    11

    Average

    7.29

    10.86

    % Difference

    Increased

    49.02%

     

 

 

Terms/Concepts: Short Term Memory; Long Term Memory; Memorization Techniques (ex. Mnemonics, Association, Rehearsal, etc.); Stages of memory

References:

 

 

 

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