The novice experiment was acquired from this website: http://psychology.about.com/library/Psychology_Experiments/bl-memory-experiment.htm.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
• 4 volunteers to do the experiment-2 men and 2 women (not shown)
• A piece of paper to write down your data (the paper with a table and the list of questions on it is provided)
• A piece of paper for the volunteer to write down their responses (paper with blanks on it is provided)
• Word lists #1 and #2 the volunteer will be shown to memorize (provided)
• 2 pencils or pens (one for you and one for the volunteer)
• A stopwatch or smart phone alternative (not shown)
Also, if you need extra copies of the provided documents (or you do not have them), they can be found/printed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1mtyozZSvwxY3dSZGw3NEhOaFU/edit?usp=sharing
Step 2: First Volunteer and Study Explanation
• Briefly tell the volunteer what the experiment will be about and how long it will take. (“In this study, we will be accessing memory in human participants. The study should last less than 10 minutes.”)
Step 3: Preparation to Begin
Step 4: First Trial of Word Memorization
Step 5: First Trial of Word Recall
Collect the paper from them when the timer is up.
Step 6: Second Word List Trial
Step 7: Debriefing
Step 8: Second Volunteer
Step 9: Third Volunteer
Step 10: Fourth Volunteer
Step 11: General Conclusions
• Count the number of correct words recalled in each category from each volunteer and put it in the appropriate section of the table. Counting off for spelling is at the discretion of the experimenter, but strive to be consistent. If the word is spelled wrong, but you know what they were going for, then it may be counted correct.
• Find the total and average number of words recalled from all participants together from word list #1 and from word list #2
Step 12: Important Note
However, you should also understand that these conclusions are for mere novice educational benefit. These conclusions can not and should not be generalized to bigger populations. Due to the extremely small sample size and not taking into account order effects, many APA (American Psychological Association) style rules were not followed over the course of this experiment. Additionally, a genuine psychological analysis (such as SPSS) was not utilized either. The reason this was done the way it was, was so that the experiment would be a lot easier to follow and understand.