Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award


Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Joel Alexander

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks




The current study hypothesized that the group allowed to choose a color from a list will recall more words from a word recall list than the group that is assigned the color black. 50 non-colorblind participants (9 male) with a mean age of 22.5 (SD= 6.40) were recruited from a University subject pool, and offered extra credit in a psychology class in exchange for their participation in this study. The word list (20 five-letter words) was gathered from braingle.com, a site with numerous memory lists and activities. The independent variable, color, was manipulated between black and a color selected by the participant. The dependent variable was the number of words from the list that the participant could recall. If a significant positive relationship is found between preferential color and the number of words recalled, it would indicate that using a preferential color for studying may yield better tests scores as compared to those who study in the standard black color. The results calculated with a 2 sex x 2 group factorial design revealed no significant difference between the experiment and control groups.