Psychology (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Karen Naufel


Previous research has found that individuals with high working memory have greater recall capabilities than those with low working memory (Unsworth, Spiller, & Brewers, 2012). Research did not test the extent to which cues affect one’s recall ability in relation to working memory. The present study will examine this issue. Participants completed a working memory measure. Then, they were provided with cued recall tasks whereby they recalled Facebook friends. The cues varied to be no cues, ambiguous cues high in imageability, and cues directly related to Facebook. The results showed that there was no difference between individual’s ability to recall their Facebook friends and their working memory scores. However, those in the ambiguous cue condition were able to recall significantly fewer Facebook friends than those in the Facebook cue or no cue condition. Thus, this research shows that ambiguous cues can interfere with recall. However, further research is needed to see the extent that working memory moderates this effect.