Beach Treasure Hunt

Ryan Brady
Friday 2 April 2021

What kind of memory do children use to recognize objects?

Length: 20-25 minutes.

Reimbursement for taking part: £5 Amazon Gift Voucher 

Laptop, PC or Tablet only (not smartphones).

If you are interested in taking part in the study please contact Ryan at ryan.brady@st-andrews.ac.uk 

The Science

In this study we aim to investigate how children remember images they have just seen. Two different kinds of memory help us remember images. Working memory allows us to keep representations in mind and is an effortful process that requires full attention! Whereas familiarity is a type of memory that happens without us even trying and allows us to quickly recognize that we’ve seen an image before. The data from this study will give us clues to what age humans start to rely on working memory versus familiarity.

What will happen in this study?

Your child will be playing a treasure hunt memory game at the beach! Each time they are shown a coin and must remember which jar it is hidden inside before the wave comes in and washes it away. If they remember correctly, they can collect the coin. If they collect enough coins, they can spend them to watch short funny videos. There will be audio instructions throughout the task to help your child understand what to do. There will be 24 trials in total and will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact Ryan at ryan.brady@st-andrews.ac.uk 

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