2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Working Memory Tasks: An Assessment of the Random Number Generation Methodology
Samuel L. Kramer*, Alexandra A. Burchardt, and Audra M. Schickler
Dr. David B. Conner, Faculty Mentor

We investigated the methodology of random number generation (RNG) tasks to assess working memory by examining how differences in participants response times and prior practice affect the RNG score. In previous literature, researchers have investigated the effects of varying the speed at which participants say a random number. Participants are often unable to keep up with the cue to respond, however this occurrence is often ignored in the results. We hypothesized that this delay in response time would alter each participants RNG score by making them more or less random. We also investigated whether practice has an effect on ones ability to perform random number generation tasks. The no practice group completed an alternate task while the practice group completed two RNG practice sets. Data analysis is currently underway using a 2X2 mixed design ANOVA with accuracy and practice as independent variables and RNG scores as the primary dependent variables.

Keywords: working memory, short term memory, random number generation, executive memory, research methodology


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 11-2
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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