The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation


When testing working memory, attention can be split between auditory and visual stimulus (Morey et al., 2011). Working memory is often tested with either a word recall or word recognition test, and word recognition has been shown to produce significantly higher scores (Lachman & Forsberg, 1981). I f an auditory stimulus contained the words of a recall test and was played during that test, scores should improve because the subject has a basis for recognition. Thirty-two undergrad students at the University of Western Ontario were given a word list recall test made of words fi-om the song " I f I Had $1000000" by The Barenaked Ladies. Subjects were then tested under one of four experimental conditions: playing the song during study, recall, both, or neither. Results were not significant for any effect. Possible reasons and suggestions for further research are discussed within.

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