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Scholars Day: April 9, 2014

Do People’s Current Emotional States Influence Their Memory Recall on the Deese-Roedigger-McDermott Paradigm?

The current study is designed to evaluate whether memory recall in the Deese-Roedigger-McDermott paradigm (Deese, Roediger, McDermott, 1990) is influenced by emotions. Specifically, participants will be asked to study two lists of words that are associated thematically. Unlike the traditional paradigm, the theme of each list will be associated with a positive or negative academic emotion (e.g. success, failure). Immediately following the presentation of the words, participants will be asked to attempt to recall as many words from the list as possible. Before completing the recall task, participants will be asked to complete a short survey assessing their current emotional state. It is expected that participants will experience memory errors for words that are strongly associated to the theme of the list but that are not actually on the list. It is also hypothesized that memory errors will be correlated with the current emotional state of the participant.

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Presenter: Rafael Gomez (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 26/28/Hartwell
Time: 1:55 pm Session III