Psychology - Palmer (1975) - Perception

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1. Strengths of the study

  • Control group used, lots of evidence and findings supported by recent evidence
  • Instructions, inaccurate data did not affect results and time taken to remember each object the same.
  • Done many times and other stories were used.
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2. What type of experiment was it?

  • Laboratory
  • Field
  • Natural

3. What was the independent variable?

  • The four conditions of the context - recognising loaf after seeing kitchen (appropriate), recognising mailbox after kitchen (inappropriate, similar), recognising drum after kitchen (inappropriate, different) and no context
  • The type of task
  • Whether verbal labels were heard or not

4. What was the dependent variable?

  • The number of correctly identified objects.
  • Whether story could be remembered accurately or not.
  • Participants' drawing compared to original.

5. Weaknesses of the study

  • Real life not as ambiguous as stimuli and studies not generalisable.
  • Participants what they were doing (may have tried harder) and fewer results since some data could not be used.
  • Unfamiliar material chosen and changes over time unfair.


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