Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
This study is an investigation of the relationship between depression and memory retrieval processes. Previous research, focusing on direct-access retrieval, is inconclusive and fails to relate the results in terms of clinical depression and its symptomology. This study attempted to show how the depressives ' cognitive functioning impairs memory retrieval and how a depressive's daily memory can best be evoked. Thirty college students were divided into three groups; high depressed, medium depressed, and low depressed. They answered questions designed to elicit two kinds of memory retrieval processes; direct-access and inferential constructive. The results indicated that the questions did elicit the desired retrieval processes. However, there were no significant interaction effects of depression and question type on any dependent measures. It is suggested that the subject population was homogenous or at least the group procedure made them appear so.
Copyright 1980 Jefferson D. Young
Young, Jefferson D., "Effects of Differential Cognitive Effort and Depression in Question-Answering Situations" (1980). Master's Theses. 1801.