Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 2005

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Robert Markley

Abstract

Roediger and McDermott (1995) began the bulk of the research on the Deese-Roediger/McDermott (DRM) Paradigm as applied to false memory and thus is the basis for this research. The ORM Paradigm showed that some memories could be created falsely in a laboratory setting. The current study examined the relations between the DRM Paradigm, life stress, and anxiety. The life stress measure was the College Undergraduate Stress Scale (CUSS) and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) measured anxiety. A total of 56 undergraduate students participated in the experiment. Their data from a computer program designed to replicate Roediger and McDermott’s 1995 procedure was correlated with the data gathered from the CUSS and the STAI. It was found that the CUSS, the state anxiety measure and the trait anxiety measure (both from the STAI) were all not significantly correlated with the number of recall false alarms, the number of recognition false alarms or the number of correctly remembered words for the 8 lists.

Rights

Copyright 2005 Yolanda Salinas

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