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Investigating The Creation Of False Memory In Participants When Controlling For Stress Levels And Quality Of Sleep.

Jones, Amanda (2020) Investigating The Creation Of False Memory In Participants When Controlling For Stress Levels And Quality Of Sleep. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between stress levels, sleep quality and false memory performance in participants. There were a total of 109 participants, 54 females, 38 males and 17 participants’ genders were unaccounted for. The majority of participants were recruited through means of social media. A survey was made using Google Forms and iMovie, consisting of the Perceived Stress Scale, The Single Item Sleep Scale and the DRM Paradigm. 5 Word lists were used as were 5 false memory words. A multiple regression was conducted to test the relationship between stress and sleep (predicitor variable) and false memory (criterion variable). It was found that sleep did not have a significant effect on false memory however stress was statistically significant. This indicates that false memory was impacted by participants stress levels. A Mann Whitney U Test was conducted to test the relationship between false memory and differences in gender.
It was found that males were more susceptible to false memory as opposed to females, whose scores indicated lower false memory performance (a score of 5 means no false memory, 15 means all five false memory words were chosen). Overall, this study concludes that false memory was affected by stress levels and gender. There were limitations to this study, there was a limited time frame, thus impeding on the sample size. These findings are of both similar and contrasting results to previous research, leaving opportunity for additional research in the area of false memory.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 26 May 2021 14:49
Last Modified: 26 May 2021 14:49
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4855

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