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Memory and Personality

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Author: Cy Ashley Webb

Grade Level:

High School

Type:

Social Sciences

Objective:

This experiment examines whether social orientation (extroversion or introversion) is correlated with memory.

Research Questions:

  • Is short-term memory associated with extroversion or introversion?
  • Is short-term memory associated with other personality traits?

Introduction:

According to the Meyers-Briggs Foundation, the Meyers-Briggs test is one way to codify Jungian personality traits in an individual by placing them in one of 16 personality types. Additional work can be done with this experiment to determine whether other personality axes (thinking-feeling, sensing-intuition, judging-perceiving) are correlated as well.

Materials:

  • At least 25 research subjects
  • Computer and internet access

Experimental Procedure:

  1. Have each of your research subjects complete the personality test found here.
  2. Have each of your research subjects complete the memory test here.
  3. Identify which research subjects scored in the top 20% for memory. Identify which research subjects scored in the lowest 20%.
  4. Examine the personality traits associated with the top and bottom 20%. Determine whether the distribution of the traits in these groups differs. Determine whether the distribution of these traits is different between the top 20% and the middle 60 percent. Determine whether the distribution of these traits is different between the bottom 20% and the middle 60 percent. Determine whether the difference is statistically significant.
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