Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis


Communication Sciences & Disorders

First Advisor

Tonya Bergeson

Second Advisor

Chris Clendenon


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools often required that students and faculty wear face masks in the classroom or attend virtual class. The current study focused on the impact of face visibility in the classroom and virtual lectures on students’ recall for spoken information. Traditionally aged college students participated in live and virtual lecture environments with both masked and unmasked speaker stimuli. The researchers hypothesized that scores on a recall post-test for unmasked, individual lectures would be higher than post-test scores for the masked individual lecture or group lecture conditions. However, results revealed no differences between conditions. These findings are significant for determining if students’ learning experience is directly affected by the presence of facemasks in the classroom.