This activity is designed to foster a connection between the skills learned in a prerequisite
statistics course to a research methods course. At the beginning of a research methods course,
students often have difficulty applying statistics to an actual experiment.
In this activity, students replicate a study about false memory by Roediger and McDermott (1995).
False memory occurs when a person believes they "remember" an untrue event. Many traditional
studies about false memory have assumed that false memory is more apt to occur with memories for
events associated with an elaborate story line. Roediger and McDermott (1995) showed that false
memory can also occur with rote memory situations where people, e.g., are asked to remember word
lists. In this class activity, students replicate Roediger and McDermott's study and then analyze
the data using descriptive statistics and Excel.
False Memory Experiment: Class Activity