Memory Games: The Effect of Age on Memory as Measured by Memory Games

Student: Neve Sirois
Table: 8
Experimentation location: School, Home
Regulated Research (Form 1c): No
Project continuation (Form 7): No

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Research Plan:

Find a quiet and open area with no distractions.
Show the subject a memory card for 15 seconds, then take the card away. Then ask them 6 questions regarding the memory card.
Next have the subject memorize which cup has the ball, then move the cups around.
Finally have the subject play a regular card matching game. There are 8 matching cards.
When all is done calculate the scores and put it into the data.

Questions and Answers

1. What was the major objective of your project and what was your plan to achieve it? 

The major objective of my project was to figure out what age range had the best memory. My plan to achieve it was to ask my friends, family members, faculty to take 5 minutes of their time to play 3 simple memory games. 

       a. Was that goal the result of any specific situation, experience, or problem you encountered?  It was not the goal of a result, specific situation, experience, or problem I encountered. 

       b. Were you trying to solve a problem, answer a question, or test a hypothesis? I was trying to test a hypothesis that I kept asking myself though out the last couple of months.


2. What were the major tasks you had to perform in order to complete your project? The major tasks I had to preform in order to complete my project was that everywhere I went I had to bring my experiment to find people who were willing to take the time to help.

       a. For teams, describe what each member worked on.


3. What is new or novel about your project? What is new about my project is that not a lot of people would have taken the lengths to reach the place I am at right now with my experiment. 

       a. Is there some aspect of your project's objective, or how you achieved it that you haven't done before? The aspect of my project's objective that I haven't done before is finding the 30 people that I needed for my experiment.

       b. Is your project's objective, or the way you implemented it, different from anything you have seen? 

       c. If you believe your work to be unique in some way, what research have you done to confirm that it is? 


4. What was the most challenging part of completing your project? The most challenging part of completing my project was finding the 30 people willing to do my experiment.

      a. What problems did you encounter, and how did you overcome them? Some problems I encountered were during the second test when the cup fell over during the test, revealing the ball. Another problem was finding the time to meet with the people needed for the experiment.

      b. What did you learn from overcoming these problems? What I learned from overcoming these problems were to plan out exactly when the meet with people when you need something from them. If they have to reschedule ask them when is a good time to meet up and not just leave it to the last minute. 


5. If you were going to do this project again, are there any things you would you do differently the next time? If I were to do this project again what I would have done differently is use an easier photo to memorize with, possibly use less people, or make sure I have every person ready to test. 


6. Did working on this project give you any ideas for other projects? 


7. How did COVID-19 affect the completion of your project? COVID-19 affected the completion of my project because I could not go interact with a lot of people. Or I had to interact with people for my experiment  through a device which was extremely hard because of the internet connection.