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Stress and Memory

Stress and Memory | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Do you ever feel like you can't remember something when you're feeling stressed? In this experiment, we'll find out if stress can really affect how well you remember things.


The hypothesis is that stress can have an impact on memory.

Method & Materials

You will create a mildly stressful situation for the participants, as well as focusing their attention. The pressure on the participants to do well, and having to concentrate on instructions, will impact their ability to remember a sequence of tasks.
You will need paper, pencil, and five participants of varying gender and age.


The results of this experiment showed that stress can have an impact on memory. One observation that stood out was that the participants had difficulty remembering the third task on the list.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it shows how our ability to remember things can be affected by external factors.

Also Consider

Variations of this experiment could include testing different levels of stress, or testing different types of memory (e.g. short-term vs. long-term).

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