What are some short memory/awareness/learning tests I can use for my science fair project?

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by timtak

Question by ↓iDrum↓: What are some short memory/awareness/learning tests I can use for my science fair project?
I’m testing learning and memory after meditating to different styles of music. What are some short tests I can use to test people after the experiment? Thanks!

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Answer by quixotec
For a memory test, one suggestion I can give: put 10-20 items in a bag, instruct your subject to remember the items as you take them out one at a time shown for 1-2 seconds, replace the items, with different items for the before and after, then ask them to recite back or write down what they’ve remembered. The biggest drawback is that your subject will likely experience some overlap of the things they remember (remembering objects from the first draw when asked about the second).

One possibility for an awareness test comes from psychology testing (for ADHD): two lists of color words (red, blue, brown, yellow, etc.) printed in the various colors. The color of print should vary, and should be random with the color word. In the first list, ask the subject to read the word without regard to the print color. In the second, the subject tells the color of print without regard to the word. Administer once (both lists) before the meditation and once after (both lists) after the meditation, keeping track of mistakes. All told, not including the time for meditation, this should take 5 minutes or so.

I hope you find something that works for you. Good luck.

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  1. Lex Lodge said,

    Wrote on April 18, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

    In a book about neuro-science I recently read it describes various testing methods. The most common was done as a before and after. It is called the Raven test. A person looks at a series of symbols and has to indicate what the next one would be.

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