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Testing Memory With CLassical Music Stephanie Pham, Christin Le, Daisy Phung

Testing

Memory

With CLassical Music

Stephanie Pham, Christin Le, Daisy Phung

THE BIG QUESTION

Many people often say that during studying periods, they like to listen to classical

music to enhance their ability to recall things during tests. bUT COULD IT WORK THE OTHER WAY AROUND? wHAT IF THE CLASSICAL MUSIC THAT YOU LISTEN TO ACTUALLY REDUCES YOUR ABILITY TO RECALL?

Previous Research “ According to a new study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity

Previous Research

According to a new study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration.” (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150313083410.htm)

It’s possible, then, to use music to help your child retain information and enhance learning” (http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/boost-memory-and-learning-with-music/)

Regarding the well-known Mozart Effect, some scientists found that listening to Mozart before performing a certain task improves the subject’s ability to solve it correctly.” (http://takelessons.com/blog/effect-of-music-on-memory-z15)

Procedure

Subjects have 2 minutes to memorize words from a list.

Subjects wait for at least one minute before taking the test

Subjects fill in the blank worksheet

There is no time limit to finish it

The control group: does not have to listen music

The experimental group: listens to classical music

it ● The control group: does not have to listen music ● The experimental group: listens

Materials

Word bank with 25 words.

Fill in the blank worksheet in the same order as original

word bank.

A timer

pen/pencil

25 words. ● Fill in the blank worksheet in the same order as original word bank.

The Test

Word list Fill in the blank sheet 1. oval 11. Afterthought 21. bear 2. imagine
Word list
Fill in the blank sheet
1.
oval
11. Afterthought
21. bear
2.
imagine
12. nest
22. fence
3.
mountain
13. worry
23. hope
4.
coherent
14. lip
24. trot
5.
match
15. brake
25. race
6.
lamp
16. offend
7.
consist
17. rescue
8.
bubble
18. drain
9.
lame
19. nosy
10.
tug
20. supreme

Music: Offenbach - Can Can

Music: Offenbach - Can Can

Data

Score of Control

- 22

- 8

- 10

- 15

- 6

- 16

- 14

- 17

- 10

- 19

10 - 15 - 6 - 16 - 14 - 17 - 10 - 19 Score
10 - 15 - 6 - 16 - 14 - 17 - 10 - 19 Score

Score of Experimental

-14

-7

-16

-15

- 8

-14

- 11

-8

-10

- 23

Analysis of Data Control - The average score is 13.7 Experimental - The average score

Analysis of Data

Control

- The average score is 13.7

Experimental

- The average score is 12.6

Based on our data, listening to classical music will reduce your ability to recall

Problems

- Finding people to participate in the experiment

- Took up time

- Was tested after school so subjects could have been tired

- The environment of where the test was taken

- Only tested 20 people

Improvements - Test in a quieter environment - Choose a better song - Test subjects

Improvements

- Test in a quieter environment

- Choose a better song

- Test subjects at a different time

- Test more people

- Test in a quieter environment - Choose a better song - Test subjects at a