Psychological Effects Of Stress On Memory Performance Essay

2265 Words Nov 17th, 2016 10 Pages
Memory is defined as the process of receiving new information and storing it. As memory plays a critical role in human life, a large number of studies have been conducted to reveal further factors that impair memory performance. Previous physiological perspectives on memory have hypothesized that stress has an impact on memory as it activates the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) pathway, resulting in the secretion of corticotrophin-releasing hormone and altering the brain’s chemical composition. This in turn would make access to stored information during a stressful situation harder than in normal conditions. The objective of this paper is to study the psychological effects of stress on memory performance using a recall test. The research included 253 participants of which 180 were female and 73 males, all between the ages of 17 to 22. The materials used in this research included the psychology computer lab, a projector, and data was collected using online software. To test the hypothesis, two different conditions were set. Condition A was for the expected recall test, while condition B was for the stressful-unexpected recall test. The results of this experiment showed a difference in the means and standard deviations of the two conditions. Using a t-test to compare the results, however, showed no significant difference between the two conditions. The findings of this study suggest that stress does not play a significant role in memory performance. The implications of…

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