Honors Program Students Present at Psychology Conference
Honors Program students and psychology majors, Sarah Guarino, Rachel Carson, and Lauren Goossens, recently presented their poster titled "The Influence of Context and Color on Memory" at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference encouraged presentations by undergraduate as well as graduate students and psychology professionals. AU faculty member, Dr. Diane Bonfiglio, was the advisor for this project. The project examined the effects of context and color on memory. To do this, participants watched a slideshow of images in either color or black and white, and then had to complete a filler task (in this case they worked on a wordsearch for ten minutes). After the filler task, the participants were given a recognition test packet that included the images from the slideshow and additional images, and the participants had to identify which images they had seen in the slideshow. The slideshow packet was either in color or black/white. The four conditions were viewing the slideshow in color and taking the recognition test in color, viewing the slideshow in color and taking the recognition test in black and white, viewing the slideshow in black and white and taking the recognition test in black and white, and viewing the slideshow in black and white and taking the recognition test in color. Although the results of the study were not statistically significant, there was a trend that showed that participants had better memory recognition when tested in the same context that the pictures were originally viewed in, and participants who initially viewed the slideshow in color had better memory recognition. The project won one of only eighteen Regional Research Awards awarded at the conference.