Psychology - Palmer (1975) - Perception

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1. What was the independent variable?

  • Whether verbal labels were heard or not
  • 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
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2. What were the three objects used?

  • Drum, mailbox and loaf of bread
  • Drum, mailbox and toaster
  • Drum, toaster and loaf of bread
  • Toaster, mailbox and loaf of bread

3. What did Palmer want to find out?

  • Whether words shown with pictures would affect the way the picture was remembered
  • Whether context affects perception.
  • How much information changes with each reproduction

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. Strengths of the study

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


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