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ParticipantsA total of 40 students that were all enrolled in Experimental Psychology at Edinboro University took part in the experiment Participants of both genders as well as traditional and nontraditional were asked to participate in the study as part of a learning exercise for the class The participants drew numbers at random to decide the order they would go in MaterialsParticipants were asked to go across the hall to an empty computer lab where the study was to take place The experimenter was sitting at a table and on the table were Yes and No cards for the spatial response Also the experimenter had a score sheet on the table in order to mark responses on and to code the DV Depending on the condition in which the participant was assigned to randomly by block randomization they could see either a notecard with a block letter on it or a notecard with a sentence on it The block letter cards had large black lined capital letters on them and the sentence cards had a sentence written on themDesignThe study was done in a 2x2 between-subjects factorial design Participants were randomly assigned to a condition by block randomization as they came into the room The between subjects factor was what type of task that was given to the participant There were two levels associated with this IV Level 1 was a Sentence that the participant had to memorize in order to activate the verbal memory Level 2 was a Block Letter the participants had to mentally navigate so that it became a spatial task For both of these conditions the experimenter first showed an example card to the participant and demonstrated how to do the task and then gave the student a practice trial on another card Regardless of what task the participant was partaking in the exercise required a total of
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