Memory Influenced by Narrative Bias Hyosang Ahn -- Group Members: Ahmed Qureshi, Jeremiah Jesudasan, Huy Tran -- Date: Feb 2, 2017 - Feb 8, 2017 -- Badge Title: WOK Badge: Memory

2/4/17 (2nd Badge Project Brainstorm)

For the second Badge Project, our main topic is going to be about memory. We are planning to compare Diffy Duck and Donald Duck, but we did not finalize our plan.

2/16/17 (2nd WOK Preparation: Memory)

What is the main point about your WOK that you want to make in your Badge Project?

If you haven’t decided yet, write out possible points you want to make.

Today, I learned the essential differences among vividness bias and nostalgia. Then, we formed couple essential questions for the badge project, but the topic related to memory was broad that we took most of our work time today to narrow our ideas.

2/21/17 (2nd WOK Preparation - 2)

What’s your plan for your project?

What is the main point about your WOK2 that you want to make in your Badge Project?

Which EQ did you pick?

Our plan is to make a PowerPoint presentation alongside an experiment over other class members. However, the class experiment is yet to be formulated, so it is subject to change the plan. Our main point is that our memory can be unconsciously modified by surrounding factors.

Our Essential Question is: To what extent can our experiences be changed by narrative biases?

(End Of Day)

What did you learn today about your WOK2?

How prepared are you for your Badge Project?

What’s left to do? Be specific.

We learned that memory is not completely maintained when a distraction interferes with the information stored in the memory. We realized after conducting two interviews by asking questions about past that was slightly incorrect. (How tall was the Screamer at Big Bend trip? - It was actually in Freshman Retreat.) The two interviewees both hesitated about the false information at first.

Badge Project is in good progress. We did the aforementioned interviews, and the result implies our hypothesis on memory.

However, the movie and the PowerPoint has to be finished as soon as possible.

2/23/17 (2nd WOK Preparation - reflection)

We presented three interviews after all, and we discovered that we were able to influence their memory. Therefore, we concluded that memory by itself is unreliable to an extent, but by incorporating other knowledge methods, we can strengthen our memory.

Overall, I have learned that reliability of memory can be dependent on other components of knowledge methods, like sense perception. For example, personally, if I memorize vocabulary words by looking at the drawings corresponding to each of them, I remember them better than when I just read the verbal meaning of the words.

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