PSY100Y5 Introduction to Psychology LAB REPORT SUMMER 2011
LAB 6: Design and run your own Recall or Recognition Memory Experiment
based on either of the experiments we did in Lab 5.
You must work in pairs and submit one LAB REPORT due Monday June 6th 2011.
YOUR MEMORY EXPERIMENT MUST BE based on either of the experiments we did in Lab 5 (a
Recall or Recognition experiment) done either with powerpoint, word or excel files, or paper and pencil
procedures. Your job is to think up two new (and creative) independent variables to experiment with going
beyond the Lab 5 recognition tasks. You should plan around taking at least 15 minutes per subject to run
each person, and in total you should not spend more than 4 or 5 hours collecting your data. You must have 2
IV's in a 2x2 factorial design, 1 or 2 DVs, and 2 or more CVs and you will need to collect data from at least
8 subjects in each of the four conditions (2x2) of your experiment. One approach could be to have the same
8 people do each of the 4 conditions, and calculate the average score in each, based on their 8 scores.
You have to formulate your own HYPOTHESES and PREDICTIONS for each of your Independent
Variables, asking “What is the effect of X on Y while controlling for Z?”. For example: What is the effect
of “study time” on recognition hits, false alarm rates and d’ recognizability scores while controlling other
difficulty factors (e.g., length of words, colour of pictures)? Your Lab Report must include Appendices that
list the stimuli that were used, and your raw data clearly labelled so that the reader can follow your design.
There are four main sections to write up: Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion:
Lab partners will be asked to hand in one write-up. The reports must be submitted as a word file(.doc)
(double-spaced, 12 point font, 1" margins) and be no longer than 6 pages (2000 words) not including the
Title, Figures, Tables or Appendices. Late reports will be subject to a penalty of 5% per day.
Sharing the workload and claiming responsibilities for grading purposes:
Individuals must claim responsibility for either the first half (Introduction & Method) or the second half
(Results & Discussion, Figures or Tables and Appendices) on the Title page. Both partners will be given the
average of the two halves unless they have claimed authorship of their own sections. Make sure your name,
and student number are correctly indicated on the title page.
The purpose of a lab report is to demonstrate that you know the theoretical issues, conceptual terminology,
and statistical results related to the experiment and can communicate them using well organized and
grammatically correct language. Use the section headings described below in order to help the reader find
and assess the critical information. Write clearly and concisely assuming the reader is familiar with basic
scientific terms and is looking for weaknesses, omissions or grammatical errors in each section. It should be
written in the past tense and in an objective manner avoiding personal pronouns like 'we', 'our', or 'you'. It
helps to use a journal article as a guideline for writing styles.
DO NOT COPY FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE. YOU MUST USE YOUR OWN WORDS OR IT
WILL BE CONSIDERED PLAGIARISM (A SERIOUS ACADEMIC OFFENSE).
The title page has the title, authors and course information on it. The title is capitalized and centered. Each
author must indicate their name, their student number, Lab Section and, if they want to be graded
separately, the half they were responsible for (1st half – Intro and Method, 2nd half Results, Discussion and
Appendices. The title should describe the nature of the experiment in a minimum number of words. Each
section should be up to 500 words long. The section headings can be shown as they appear below in CAPS.
INTRODUCTION (describe your hypotheses and rational