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Abstract The relationship between processing words at deeper levels and memory was examined Participants were 38 experimental psychology students grouped depending on whether the student had completed cognitive psychology by the time of the experiment Group A was instructed to decide if a word fit a CCVCV pattern and Group B was asked if a word fit into a given sentence As predicted results indicated Group B recalled more words from the word list then Group A The replication and importance of these findings along with other possible applications of the results were discussed Effect of Deeper Levels of Processing On Word Retention Today it seems everyone is interested in improving memory With new herbs and miracle drugs that now promise better memory memory problems should be a thing of the past This however is not the case Although these alternatives may be somewhat helpful in increasing memory our study hopes to replicate previous experiments that dealt with ways to improve memory without the use of drugs In a study conducted by Craik and Tulving 1975 the effects of deeper levels of processing on retention of words was tested They found that the deeper level the word was processed on the more likely the word was to be retained A simple structural task Is there a word present requires very little processing and therefore a lesser chance for retention Tasks that required participants to complete a sentence frame task Does the word fit into the sentence needed a deeper level of processing and resulted in greater retention With todays interest in increasing memory and the findings by Craik and Tulving 1975 we believe that participants who complete the sentence framework task will recall words better then those who simply do a structural task Method Participants Participants were 38 experimental psychology students They were grouped depending on whether the
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