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Michael Livingston, Psychology


Students often use their phones to text in class. I was interested in looking at how this use of texting while learning new material would impair their ability to retain the information that they were learning. This could translate into how texting during a college lecture or seminar would affect the amount of material retained. I wanted to look specifically, how men and women compared. Participants in my study included undergraduate (N=20) students from St. Johns University and the College of Saint Benedict. I created a recording with 15 words on it that all participants were asked to listen to. My experimental group was also participating in a texting conversation with me while they were listening to the words. My control had no distractions while listening to the rewards. Both groups were then given 30 seconds to record on a sheet of paper as many words as they could remember.