Project #72865 - A Memory Experiment

The Magic Number Seven Plus or Minus Two: A Memory Experiment

On a piece of paper, create a list of 11 telephone numbers that have a three digit area code and seven digit numbers. Each of the area codes should be different. Do not use any local area codes that people might be familiar with (for example, 216, 440 or 330). The phone numbers should not be real.

Pick a person to participate in your experiment. Tell them that they are going to participate in a memory experiment.

The first phone number that you created is a practice item. Slowly read the entire phone number to your subject, asking him or her to listen only while you read the numbers. Do not repeat any number. Read the entire number one time. When you have read the first number, ask them to write down the numbers in correct serial number. Use the practice item to be sure that he or she understands the task.

Once you are sure that they understand what they are to do. Read each of the ten phone numbers one at a time (without repeating). Once you read phone number one, have the subject write down the number in the correct serial number. Then read then phone number two and have them write down that number. You should write down the number of numbers that the subject gets correct for each phone number. The number is only scored as correct if it is in the correct serial position.

Add up the scores for the entire ten phone numbers (do not include your sample phone number). Divide by 10. How does that number compare with the Magic Number Seven Plus or Minus two? What does your subjects score tell you about the limits and organization of memory? Ask your subject if they used any specific strategies to remember the list of numbers. Describe how they remembered each phone number. If you need additional information you may consult additional resources (be sure to cite them properly in your paper).

The assignment should be 2-pages, typed, double-spaced and in Times New Roman or Arial font.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 6/5/15 11:00 am
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