you know that: "When it comes to remembering numbers, young
chimpanzees have outperformed college students (when the numbers
stayed on a screen for.4 of a second versus.7 of second".
(see references below)
how many numbers someone can remember is a fun test many have
done. This can be turned into a great science fair project for
any grade depending on how sophisticated you want to make. There
are numerous variables that come to play.
are just a few ideas that you can expand on.
learns differently and being able to remember numbers by seeing
vs. hearing may vary from one person. Select a group of 15-20
subjects (try to get the same number of male and female). See
how many numbers they can remember by seeing them on a flash card.
Then repeat the experiment (generating new random numbers) by
letting them hear the numbers but not see them. You can then repeat
the experiment using both auditory and visual at the same time,
showing them the numbers and reading them.
can further expand on the experiment by changing the time that
the subject sees the number e.g., .5 seconds, 1 second, 2 second
long after the subject receives the number will they remember
them... what if they are asked to read a paragraph from a book
after receiving the numbers. How would this affect memory.
color of the numbers change memory -- is color and sex a factor?
e.g., if numbers are red and viewed for 1 second will the subject
remember more numbers?
people remember more numbers if given the numbers in "chunks."
use this Random Number Generator to help you in creating random
numbers after you have designed you tests.
does not support iframes.
for information about auditory and visual memory:
beat humans in memory test
Video for Chimps beating humans in memory test
Styles and Comprehension -- This
is an excellent source to view. It is a powerpoint presentation
by students from Mount Holyoke.
Memory from Wikipedia
more Readings search Google: