The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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The Influence of Sleep on Memory


The current study aims to examine the influence of sleep on general memory recall and its relationship to different strengths of encoding using abstract and concrete words. The study aims to recreate the procedure in the study by Soave (2010) and uses materials from Paivio (1968). Participants are randomly set into one of four, awake or asleep functions, and abstract or concrete words. Participants memorized a list of word pairs, and then entered an intermission period filled with either wakefulness or sleep. Following the 12 period intermission, participants were given half the word pairs and asked to complete the pairs. The results of the study didn't show a significant relationship between the constructs due to methodological issues.

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