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Improving Memory

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Have you ever wanted to remember things better? This experiment will help you find out if reading words out loud helps you remember better than just looking and reading the cards silently.


The hypothesis is that reading words on flash cards out loud will help a person remember the word better, as compared to just looking and reading the cards silently.

Method & Materials

You will gather a group of people, show them flash cards for 5 seconds, and then give them 5 minutes to write down what they saw. You will then repeat the experiment with the same group of participants, but this time they will read the words out loud.
You will need 20 boys and 20 girls age between 12 to 15 years, 20 flash cards, and 40 recall sheets.


The results show that reading the words out loud helps a person retain the memory better than just looking and reading silently. After viewing the flash cards for 5 seconds, boys were able to recall an average of 54.5% of all of the flash cards and the girls were able to recall 45.5% of the flash cards. Reading the cards out loud has helped the boys to improve the percentage of cards remembered to 81.5% and the girls were able to remember 80.0% of the cards.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it shows how reading words out loud can help improve memory retention.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include using 10 different three dimensional objects instead of flash cards, and repeating the experiment with more rest time in between.

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