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Aim
· To test whether words that were processed
for their meaning would be better
remembered than words that were processed
for information about their appearance or
sound.…read more

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Method
· 20 Students were given a reading list of 40 1-2 syllable
words.
· They were then asked whether each word was written
in capitals (Structural) whether it rhymed with another
word (Phonetic) and lastly whether it was a part of a
category or fitted into a gap in a sentence (Semantic).
· To control other factors, the questions and words were
rotated so each participant receive a different
combination.
· The participant also didn't know that their memory
was the thing being tested.…read more

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Findings
· In all the experiments, participants
remembered the words best if it was
semantically processed.
· 96% of words that had been semantically
processed were remembered.
· 18% of words that were structurally processed
were remembered.…read more

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Conclusion
· The dept of processing affects how well the
words are remembered.
· Semantic processing is thinking about the
meaning of the word, so it is better
remembered.…read more

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Evaluation
Strengths Weaknesses
· Support from neuroscience, · The participants were students,
Nyberg concludes that there is so they are already use to taking
more activity in the brain when tests/exams so they have a better
information is semantically memory anyway.
processed meaning there is more · Also there were only 20 students
work going off in the brain. making this a unrepresentative
· Tried to stop other factors sample and ungeneralisable to
effecting the memory, by rotating other people.
the questions and words · You can not fully stop other
factors affecting the memory, as
some words could be unusual or
carry alot of emotional
significance.…read more

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