Term of Award

Spring 2010

Degree Name

Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Lawrence Locker

Committee Member 1

Karen Naufel

Committee Member 2

Janie Wilson

Abstract

Past research has indicated that art education can be beneficial to students' education, possibly through beneficial effects related to learning and memory. Although some prior research has explored effects of art education for children, relatively little research has investigated beneficial effects of art in relation to adult learners. The aim of the current study was to explore whether a beneficial relationship exists between art and memory for adults in the context of an experimental study. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: Engaging in creative art, viewing art, discriminating among visually presented shapes, and writing a description of their current classes. Following each condition, participants were presented a series of words and later asked to recall the words in a cued-recall task. Results revealed that memory performance was better in the engagement in art condition relative to the other three conditions. The results of this study are discussed in the context of cognitive mechanisms related to both memory and attention.

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Art Education Commons

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