Event Title

Shall We Dense?: A Comparison of the Testing Effect and the Enactment Effect

Location

Diamond 122

Start Date

30-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 11:55 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

The current study examined the memory benefits of both the testing effect and the enactment effect in elementary school children. Participants read a passage about the concept of density and an easy density experiment. Then, participants were randomly assigned to one of four conditions. The first condition was a reread condition, in which participants read the density passage again. Participants in the second condition took a short quiz on the passage. The third condition was a demonstration during which the researcher explained the concepts from the passage while recreating the experiment from the passage. Participants in the fourth condition enacted out the experiment on their own while the researcher explained the concepts. After two days, all participants took a short test. Overall, participants in the demonstration and enactment conditions recalled more information on the final test than the rereading or testing conditions.

Faculty Sponsor

Chris Soto

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1226

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Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 11:55 AM

Shall We Dense?: A Comparison of the Testing Effect and the Enactment Effect

Diamond 122

The current study examined the memory benefits of both the testing effect and the enactment effect in elementary school children. Participants read a passage about the concept of density and an easy density experiment. Then, participants were randomly assigned to one of four conditions. The first condition was a reread condition, in which participants read the density passage again. Participants in the second condition took a short quiz on the passage. The third condition was a demonstration during which the researcher explained the concepts from the passage while recreating the experiment from the passage. Participants in the fourth condition enacted out the experiment on their own while the researcher explained the concepts. After two days, all participants took a short test. Overall, participants in the demonstration and enactment conditions recalled more information on the final test than the rereading or testing conditions.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/358