Design a True Experiment
Diary keeping is extremely widely spread in Western culture even to the extent that it is one of the more recognized occult practices in the Western tradition to keep a diary . It is claimed that diary keeping does many beneficial things , such as allowing one to take a second look at events and relieve stress . It is also said that when keeping a diary for the sake of self-development , it aids greatly in such things as improving attention and awareness of the circumstances , by making one more attentive . I hypothesize that , by making [banner_entry_middle]
the diary-keeper draw conscious attention to the events around him , a diary aids in the improvement of memory . The experiment will be to make groups of individuals keep diaries in several ways and then examine the outcome statistically
The independent variable will be the regularity of diary-keeping . The dependent variable – the memory of the test subjects . I will choose subjects from twenty to thirty years of age , as young adults , from a middle-class background , with a relatively little amount of daily stress , from all around the country , who have previously had few or no experiences with diary-keeping , so that they have not experienced the effects previously . They will be randomly assigned to three groups : one for which diary keeping is mandatory each day with as much detail as possible , ones which are supposed to keep a diary when they remember about it , and the control group which does not keep a diary
The debriefing will tell the subjects to keep a diary for a month as mentioned above , on the condition that they must write in it on the same day . They will be told that this is a study of the effect of diary-keeping on memory . An interactive diary will be used for both making the study all-American and to avoid forgeries . The experimenters will checktheir diaries every day , and take note of the level of detail The first group will be the most rigorously checked , as they require the most results . Those in the first group that have failed to keep their diary for three days are excluded from the group . A certain amount of detail will be required for them , as well . The test subjects will undergo a comprehensive memory test before the beginning of the experiment , after two weeks , and after the month completes . The interpreted statistics from the test shall be the results
My prediction is that the group which utilizes the diary regularly will have a quick sharpening of memory (within the space of a week , which will peak at a certain level , and then remain stable from there on .Those who keep their diaries less in less stable ways will experience a slower and ultimately lesser increase in their memetic capacities , peaking – provided they keep the diary more-or-less stably – at about three weeks Those who do not keep diaries may suffer a slight , but generally insignificant increase due to thinking about the experiment , which will later , as routine takes its… [banner_entry_footer]
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