Event Title

Selfies: Memory Enablers or Fun Phenomenon?

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

We are conducting this study to look at the effect of choice and type of photo taken on memory. Specifically, we are examining the use of selfies as a method of photo-taking and whether it enhanced or inhibited memory for details of objects observed and for the type of activity performed at each site. To test this, we manipulate choice of site and type of photo taken and observe their effects on memory test performance. Participants all visit the same sites, but the type of photo taken at each site, and whether the type of photo to be taken is assigned or self-chosen, vary. Some participants get to choose at which sites they will take their selfies, at which sites they will take photos of the objects, and at which sites they will only observe the objects, whereas others have no choice. Among participants with no choice, the sites where selfies, non-selfies, or no photos are taken also differ.

Faculty Sponsor

Martha Arterberry

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

444

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May 1st, 2:00 PM May 1st, 3:00 PM

Selfies: Memory Enablers or Fun Phenomenon?

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

We are conducting this study to look at the effect of choice and type of photo taken on memory. Specifically, we are examining the use of selfies as a method of photo-taking and whether it enhanced or inhibited memory for details of objects observed and for the type of activity performed at each site. To test this, we manipulate choice of site and type of photo taken and observe their effects on memory test performance. Participants all visit the same sites, but the type of photo taken at each site, and whether the type of photo to be taken is assigned or self-chosen, vary. Some participants get to choose at which sites they will take their selfies, at which sites they will take photos of the objects, and at which sites they will only observe the objects, whereas others have no choice. Among participants with no choice, the sites where selfies, non-selfies, or no photos are taken also differ.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/58