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The effects of color on memorization

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Grace Gilbert

on 20 March 2013

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Transcript of The effects of color on memorization

Observations Effect of color on memorization! What am I trying to investigate? Does the ink color of writing affect an
eighth graders memorization? Background Information -Memory is the mental capacity of retaining facts, events, impressions, or recalling previous experiences.

- There are nine different types of human memory; long-term, short-term, sensory, explicit, implicit, declarative, procedural, episodic, and semantic.

- The memory used in my experiment was short-term memory. Short-term memory is information retained in the brain and retrievable from it over a brief span of time.

- A wavelength is the distance between peaks. How long that wave is, will determine the amount of energy that it has. Each color the human eye sees, has a different size wavelength. Purple has the shortest wavelength, and red has the longest wavelength. I predicted... If a person stares at numbers in red, blue and black color ink, then the numbers in red will be memorized the best, because red wavelengths are the longest and absorb more energy than shorter wavelengths. Why did i choose this topic? I choose this topic to test if the color of ink will affect ones memorization. The results of this experiment will benefit students like me, teachers, and public speakers. Students can you the results and take the best ink color that helps memorization when they are studying and teachers can put notes and Powerpoints in the best ink color. Public speakers can also benefit when they are trying to memorize a speech. Experiment! Materials 1. Stopwatch
2. 8 Numbers in black ink
3. 8 Numbers in red ink
4. 8 Numbers in blue ink
5. Paper
6. Pens Procedures 1. First, have all ten participants read and try to memorize the 8 numbers in black ink time for 45 seconds
2. When 45 seconds is up, give each participant a piece of paper and a pen and have them write down as much as they remember.
3. Record how many numbers that are accurately memorized and write down data in the data table.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 using the blue ink number
5. Repeat steps 1-3 using the red ink number
slips. Variables Independent Variable- ink color of the numbers

Dependent Variable- number of numbers each participant was able to write down

Control Variable- black ink number slips The purpose of this experiment was to test if the color of ink affects ones memorization. The data showed that red ink is the best ink color when trying to memorize anything. On average, when trying to memorize the numbers in black ink, students could only memorize 4.1 numbers. When trying to memorize the numbers in the blue ink, students on average could only remember 4.0 numbers. Then, when attempting to memorize numbers in red ink, students on average could memorize 6.7 numbers. With the color red having a larger wavelength, participants could memorize the red ink numbers the best because it is an easy, warm color on the eye and releases the most energy out of the three colors. Expiremental erros that occured were that background noise was sometimes present and that the time per participant was not always exact. Analysis Conclusion With the color red having a larger wavelength, participants could memorize the red ink numbers the best because it is an easy, warm color on the eye and releases the most energy out of the three colors. Future improvements to make this experiment better would be to use a timer instead of a stopwatch because a timer lets a person make a set time and then the time will always be the same, whereas when using a stopwatch the person stopping the time may not always stop the time at exactly the right moment when it is supposed to be stopped. How does my experiment effect the world? The results will benefit students, teachers, and public speakers. When students are now studying, their study guides can be in red colored ink to make it easier to process information and remember key information for a test. Teachers will benefit as well from this experiment because now some writing on the board and on handouts can be in red ink to help their students process the information they want to learn. lastly, public speakers can benefit from this experiment. Public speakers try their best not to look at their paper while speaking to an audience. Thank You!
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