Ap Statistics Report: What Music Does to Memory Essay

1094 Words Feb 20th, 2013 5 Pages
What Music Does to Memory...
By: Denellea McIntosh and Nichole Pierce
AP Statistics Period 1
Purpose
Music, one of the many factors that enhance our lives, has been a widely ranged field. From Classical music to Hip Hop, there are listeners of all ages, each having their own preference of music. Through research, it has been discovered that memory can be affected by many different factors, including music. Music has been found to stimulate parts of the brain, alleviating stress and depression. Additional research also shows that music, especially Classical, enhances the storage and recall of memory. Therefore we decided to test the effect of music on memory to evaluate the changes and differences.
Design
Population Inference: B.A.
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Honors English 12th grade classes are taught by 2 anonymous teachers ^_^. Therefore, since both teachers had a minimum of two English classes, we selected one class from each teacher to test the music effects on the students and the other two classes were tested without the music. Classes tested without music were used as the control.
Design Status Our design is good because controls the variable of individual’s vocabulary by taking people of English classes in the 12th grade only. This allows us to assume that the individuals have approximately similar knowledge of vocabulary so that the memory will not be favorable to people who already know the vocabulary words provided in the test. Using one class from each teacher allows us to eliminate the possibility of certain teachers providing more vocabularies to their students than others. This method was imposed to accommodate a fairly reasonable sample size of over 50 students.

Bias
The bias that may result in this experiment includes voluntary response, where some students who know the vocabulary willingly respond and help us conduct the experiment , while those who distrust us decided to deliberately not answer any questions or not answer according to the test. Another type of bias includes students collaborating with one another and refusing to focus on the test. Therefore, the

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