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Michael Livingston, Psychology


This study tried to see if there was any difference in memory retention whether the individual was exposed to color or black ink. We looked at how students from College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (N=20) were able to memorize a list of words. Participants were given list of words in either black ink or a mix of colors. They were then asked to repeat back what they remembered from those lists. We found that the students who had the list of words averaged a higher number of words memorized (10.33) vs those students who had the words in black ink (8.11). The results show significance between the two scores (P< .028). The results suggest that there is better retention of memory when participants are exposed to color than black ink.

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