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Memory? Do you Remember When? Is it a Boy Thing or a Girl Thing? Is There a Gender Difference?
On the information level, this experiment serves to acquaint students with h basic and useful information on memory. Students conduct research on memory, short term and long term memory. Since their success in school and in life is dependent on the total knowledge they acquire, retain and use, the processes of both short term and long term memory are of great importance and value. Short term memory is one`s ability to remember something that just happened or happened recently and is retained for a short period of time. Long terms memory consists of remembrances of things that happened throughout our lives from birth to the present. In this project students begin to research the variables that impact on the processes of memory. In this specific case, it is gender. Do males and females remember equally well? Does the nature or kind of material to be stored in memory have an impact on the process, yielding different results? Do your emotions influence what you will remember and what you will tend to forget? . The focus here will be on exploring the possibilities of gender differences in short term memory. This may be the beginning of interest and exploration in this field of neuroscience.
This science fair experiment also serves to acquaint students with the essential processes of silencing such as the importance of the use of a control, of identifying dependent and independent variables, of data collection, of pictorial and or graphic presentation of data and of being able to make better judgments as to the validity and reliability of their findings. They take on the role of scientists and in the process they learn to act as one.
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