Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-30-2019

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Debi Brannan

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Language

eng

Abstract

Surprise is a fundamental, yet by definition unpredictable element of life. In the current experiment, the aim is to explore if surprise will have some form of statistically significant effect on cognitive performance. Participants consisted of io students from a northwestern university, the average age of participants was 19.3 (S = .io56). Materials include a Hexbug Fire Ant remote controlled robot, two tests of cognitive ability, a demographics form, a debriefing form, and an informed consent form. Participants first read and signed the informed consent. The robot was kept out of sight of participants. Subjects completed two tests with the pen on the desk. In the experimental group, the robot would suddenly be wheeled out from its hidden location before taking the test. After, subjects completed the demographics form and were debriefed. Participants were scored on the number of questions answered correctly. Participants who did receive a surprise had a slightly higher score (M = 1io.25, SD = .5) than individuals who did not (M = 15.33, SD = 2.52). The mean difference was not significant, t(5) = .186, p > .05, d = 0.511. The results do not support the hypothesis. This suggests that the treatment had no effect on participants. However, this study had multiple limitations.

Rights Statement

This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Share

COinS
 

Rights Statement

In Copyright

In Copyright. URI: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).