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Serial Position Effect

The serial position effect suggest that recall accuracy varies as a function of the term's position within a list.  Hermann Ebbinghaus suggested that people tend to recall those items at the beginning of the list (primacy effect) and those at the end of the list (recenty effect) more than those in the middle.  Perform the following investigation to see if data from your classroom corroborates Ebbinghaus' findings. 

  • Your teacher will read a list of twenty terms.  
  • As soon as the list is completed, write down as many as you can recall. 
  • When you have finished writing down terms you have recalled, check of the terms you recalled in this form
  • Examine the class data. Does your data support the serial position effect hypothesis?