A memory test with school children

Arthur H. Chamberlain
1915 Psychological review  
With a view to determining the power of recall in school children, a series of tests were made. It was sought to ascertain the effect upon the power to recall when: 1. A number of objects are displayed (a) singly; (b) three together. 2. The objects chosen interest, we might suppose, particularly (a) the boy's mind; (b) the girl's mind. 3. The subjects tested are of different school grades. 4. The subjects tested are of different sex. OBJECTS CHOSEN Fifteen objects were selected as follows:
more » ... ed as follows: pocket knife, roll of string, marble, watch, key, flat-iron, threaded needle, thimble, scissors, doll, pencil, notebook, two-cent stamp, five-cent nickel, and match. These objects fall into three groups: First, those that interest particularly the boys and are handled by them in their daily routine. These are the first five objects listed. Second, those that might be expected to interest the girls. These are the second five objects named. Third, those that are of equal interest to both sexes. These consitute the final five objects. All of the objects are found constantly in the child's environment. Choice was made of objects that were not too greatly different in size. THE SUBJECTS The subjects were chosen from the third, fifth and eighth grades, sixty from each grade, one hundred eighty pupils, all told. They were equally divided, thirty boys and thirty girls from each grade. They represented several different
doi:10.1037/h0073635 fatcat:nswqoi4mlbgh7pws4ghfim2v34