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Reading and answering questions

March 21, 2016 | Author: | Posted in child, education

Part 1

In to test the differences in the ability of our minds to recall information and to find out how distractions affect our ability to recall words an experiment was conducted wherein a list of words were read to the participants and half where asked to recall the words immediately , while the other half was asked to engage in a distracting task and then to recall the given words . The experiment yielded interesting results

The immediate recall group and delayed recall group had similar free recall performance , on average , the [banner_entry_middle]

first group recalled 11 words and the other group recalled 12 words . The difference between the groups was in the words that they were able to recall and the of the words In the immediate recall group , the words recalled were the most common ones and the of the words were all associated with sleeping while in the delayed recall group , the choice of words recalled are more varied and did not necessarily correspond to a specific . The results indicate that when we recall words or information it usually is based on previous memories and the associations that we have of those words . When the immediate recall group was forced to recite the words that they heard , they remembered that the words had something to do with night and sleeping and to make it easier for them to recall the words they did so in that . The delayed recall group were distracted and had more time to process the words , thus the word they recalled does not follow any pattern but rather was an exercise of remembering the given words

The experiment also showed that some of the participants gave words that was not on the list especially in the immediate recall group . The words not in the list were doze and sleep , which also pertains to the act of sleeping , in this instance , the immediate recall group had to depend on their memories of sleeping and the words that describe the behavior , its like the mind was telling the participant that all of the words had something to do with sleeping so probably these words are in it too . The delayed recall group did not mention any words not on the list , this means that since the participants had more time to process the information and they were distracted from it , the mind had to rely less on associations . This result contradicts the assumption that recalling information after interference may affect the ability to correctly recall the words , it seems that the distracting task was not effective or that it was too short considering that it is only one minute

The participants for both groups were found to recall the words bed clock , night and alarm , while few of them recalled snooze , toss , turn nod and tired . The words recalled more frequently are words that are commonly used in everyday speech and one that is built into the vocabulary of the individual and… [banner_entry_footer]

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