psy376 - Zachary Henderson PSY 376 Option 2: Cognitive...

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Zachary Henderson PSY 376 Option 2: Cognitive Changes in Late Childhood 11/17/2006 Introduction The purpose of this experiment was to study the capabilities and development of long term memory. Defined as the “retention of information over time,” (Santrock 2007) studies show that the ability to encode, store, and retrieve information continues to grow throughout middle and late childhood. This study will explore the information processing approach, as well as look at strategies to aid in recollection. Method I began by interviewing three college students in a one-on-one setting. My first subject was a nineteen year-old college sophomore raised in a small town in Maryland. He comes from a middle-class Caucasian family where he was raised, along with an older brother, by both mother and father. Subject #2 is a twenty year-old college sophomore from North Carolina. She comes from a middle-class Caucasian family where she was raised, along with a younger brother, by her mother and father. Subject #3 is a twenty-two year-old college senior from North Carolina. He comes from a middle-class Caucasian family where he was raised with a younger brother by divorced parents. Each subject was asked to recall an event from their late childhood with as much detail as possible. The participants were also asked questions regarding the recollection process, inquiring as to the pleasantness and ease in which the experience was recalled. Fifteen to twenty minutes were spent with each subject allowing for a thorough understanding of the experience. More important, however, was understanding the
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subject’s method of recollection. For this purpose, I inquired as to what allowed them to remember the event for so long and whether they were aware the experience could become a lifetime memory. Results
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course PSY 376 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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psy376 - Zachary Henderson PSY 376 Option 2: Cognitive...

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