Presentation Type

Poster

Keywords

Organization, semantic-relatedness, emotional valence, recall, education, advertising

Department

Psychology

Major

Psychology

Abstract

Both organization (e.g., semantic-relatedness) and emotional valence have been found to lead to better memory as seen through the superior recall of semantically-related and emotionally-valenced lists. However, research suggests that these two factors may not only lack an additive effect when combined, but may result in worse recall. Based on this research, we hypothesized emotion would hinder recall of a semantically-related list by impairing the relational processing that usually benefits recall of semantically-related material. This hypothesis was supported, as it was found that emotional valence resulted in reduced recall in a semantically-related list. This finding may have important implications for fields like education and advertising, where the use of emotional stimuli within a message could cause a a person to miss its bigger picture.

Faculty Mentor

Janet P. Trammell and Elizabeth J. Krumrei

Funding Source or Research Program

Not Identified

Location

Waves Cafeteria, Tyler Campus Center

Start Date

21-3-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

21-3-2014 3:00 PM

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Psychology Commons

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The Combination of Organization and Emotion: An Immediate Free Recall Task

Waves Cafeteria, Tyler Campus Center

Both organization (e.g., semantic-relatedness) and emotional valence have been found to lead to better memory as seen through the superior recall of semantically-related and emotionally-valenced lists. However, research suggests that these two factors may not only lack an additive effect when combined, but may result in worse recall. Based on this research, we hypothesized emotion would hinder recall of a semantically-related list by impairing the relational processing that usually benefits recall of semantically-related material. This hypothesis was supported, as it was found that emotional valence resulted in reduced recall in a semantically-related list. This finding may have important implications for fields like education and advertising, where the use of emotional stimuli within a message could cause a a person to miss its bigger picture.