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Andy Edmond 203417090 The Effect of Humor in the Context of Audio or Visual Stimulus on Memory Human memory, whether short or long term, is a crucial part of the process of learning. A quick and efficient memory during childhood and adolescence is an important tool inside as well as outside the classroom and can further be a predictor of academic skills and success later in life. Without being able to properly store information it is virtually impossible for learning to take place. Much of what we store includes important information about ourselves and others that aid in shaping various dimensions of our personality as well as our attitudes. Because our memory is far from perfect we try to better understand memory and the various components that can either aid or hinder its development. Knowing how to affectively improve memory can have an infinite amount of positive effects on parents who want their children to earn high marks in school yet also remember to take out the trash . The educational system has much to benefit as well because teachers are always looking for more efficient ways of teaching their students. Educational and developmental psychologists working with brain or head injury patients, people with learning disabilities, or Alzheimer’s patients have the most to gain from a better understanding of memory. Several Research studies involving memory have all sought to understand the complex relationship between memory and learning, but none have explored the relationship of how humor and type of presentation, whether audio or visual can affect or
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interact to influence memory. Unlike the following experiments we use a two-way within subjects design to find out how and when humorous, non-humorous, visual, and audio materials affect memory and learning. In an attempt to better understand memory, the following quasi-experimental two- way between-subjects design introduced humor in teaching and learning in higher education to see whether or not it would have an impact on memory processes. The fist Independent variable (IV) was humor with the 2 levels being humor and non-humorous material. The second IV was the given sex of the students either male or female. 161 total students participated unknowingly from a statistics class, which was randomly broken down into two equivalent groups. The control group received no humorous slides as examples when presented in the context of learning means, standard deviations (SD) and correlations. The experimental group was presented either a projection of a cartoon for the mean and SD or a humorous story for the correlational exercise. The Dependent Variable (DV) was a multiple-choice final exam consisting of 50 questions measured on a ratio scale. The results demonstrated that the mean final scores were higher for the experimental group exposed to humor than the control group that was not exposed to humor. No significant difference between the sexes or significant interaction was found. This experiment is similar to our study in that it is observes the effect of humor in
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