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Conclusion

The hypothesis that reading words out loud helps a person remember better as compared to reading the words on flash cards silently, is proven to be true. The act of speaking the words out loud involves active participation and results in improved memory retention of the participants.

An good memory is beneficial to the process of learning. In addition, it also helps us recognize and recall facts, such as facts about our friends and family. There are many techniques available for memory improvement. For example repeating a person's name many times will help you to remember the names of new people that you meet, or creating stories, sentences or jokes to create linkages between items/people or things that we want to remember. Visualizing (creating a picture in our mind about the things we want to remember) is another technique that you can try.

Also consider

The experiment can also be done using 10 different three dimensional objects instead of flash cards.

Repeat this experiment with more rest time in between. Is there an ideal rest period for optimal recollection?

How about long-term memory? Ask participants to recall information after a few days. How will the results differ?

References

  • Memory - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory
  • What is memory retention - http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-We-Choose-Our-Parents&id=6416
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Complexity level:
3
Project cost ($):
10
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 2 hours for experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

None