Date of Award
John Neil Bohannon III
Memory typically improves when recollecting in a group - the larger the group, the better the memory (McClure 2010; Atkinson 2011). High arousal at the time of encoding also improves memory (Bohannon, Gratz, & Cross 2007; Libkumen, et al., 1999). In this study 342 participants viewed either an emotional or neutral slideshow and then recalled either alone or with a group of three (triad). The participants were tested using both probed and free recall questionnaires. We found that for perceptually central items, the emotional material only helped the individuals, and not the collaborative groups. However, for the perceptually peripheral items, the emotional material aided the memory of the collaborative groups and not the individuals.
Atkinson, Dominick Joseph, "The Effect of Affect on Group Memory" (2012). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection. 172.