psych take home - 1. Herman von Ebbinghaus truly is known...

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1. Herman von Ebbinghaus truly is known as the father of memory research, for providing the foundation of this research. However, if I were to come into a final exam, consisting of multiple choice and essay questions, there are a few ways I would study because of Ebbinghaus’ methods. For the first method, I would spread my study sessions over a long period of time. Bahrick and Phelps (1987) tested students using the spacing practice. They compared the performance of students who had learned 50 Spanish words in lessons, spread one day apart, with the results of students who receive the same number of lessons as Group A. but separated by 30 days. When these students of Groups A and B were tested 8 years later, the students who had distributed their practice recalled the Spanish vocabulary almost twice as much. The second method in which I would prepare for a final exam would be the frequency of my practice. Ebbinghaus discovered that the more he practiced a list of insignificant trigrams on day one, the less time he needed to relearn the list on day two. So with frequency and distribution I will be able to study in the most efficient manner. However, a limitation to Ebbinghaus’ approach to this memory strategy is that it is very time consuming and annoying. Most average people do not have time to repeat the information to themselves over and over again, for days at a time. 2. The first experiment in CogLab that I can think of that a foreign exchange student may not be as likely to show the expected results would be the Levels of Processing experiment. In this experiment the first judgment phase, the participant is asked to decide if a word, for example DOG, has a similar vowel to constant patter such as CVC. In this case it would. However if this student enters the second and third judgment phases it may be difficult for him or her. In these phases the participant must decide if two words
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rhyme. This may be complicated for him or her if they don’t understand the correct pronunciation of the word. Also in the third judgment phase the person is asked to distinguish between two words being synonyms of each other or not. This student may find it complex to partake in this phase as well. Secondly the Lexical Decision would be a difficult task for a foreign exchange student to do. This is because the task involves deciphering between words and non words, in which case most of the words may seem like a non word to this student. Some experiments that a foreign exchange student may be able to succeed in or
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course PSY 330 taught by Professor Austad during the Spring '08 term at Central Connecticut State University.

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