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Pay Attention! A Parametric Study of the Stroop Effect
Grade Level: Middle School; Type: Social Science, Life Science
- To learn about our cognitive capacity of attention
- To learn about factors that influence attention
- What is semantic interference?
- What is semantic facilitation?
- What is your hypothesis concerning the mixed color stimulus set?
How easily distracted are we? In this study, you will have subjects read aloud three different sets of words that describe numbers; for one set, the word will be written in the same color ink as the word names, for another the word will be written with the first and last letter of the word written in the same color ink as the word names and the middle letters will be written in a different color ink, and in the last set, the entire word will be written in a different color ink than the color the word names. The number of errors made and the time it takes to read each set aloud will be recorded. The average number of errors made for each set and the average time it takes subjects to read each set aloud will be calculated and the results graphed as bar graphs, and the results discussed.
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