Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1980

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Cameron Camp


This study involved an investigation of the effects of depression on metamemorial processes. Subjects were asked to predict their success at answering questions. Some questions induced fact retrieval while others induced inferencing. Measures of depression were also taken. Recent research findings have indicated that depression may be associated with a high degree of memory complaint coupled with a lack of decrement in objective measures of memory performance. If depression is truly characterized by a low degree of correspondence between self-assessment of one's abilities and an individual's true capabilities, metamemorial measures might be rather sensitive indices of the presence of depression. Furthermore, improvement in metamemorial abilities might serve as an indicator of remission of these symptoms over the course of treatment. The results of this study failed to indicate that depression level had any effect on metamemorial processes. However, results from previous research indicating different metamemorial abilities associated with fact retrieval and inferencing were replicated. The relationship between these objective measures of self- monitoring and the levels of depression found in this study are discussed.


Copyright 1980 Ronald A. Speier


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