Research Paper – “Effects of different mediums on memory recall”

This is a research study we carried out collectively in a group for our Research Methods class. Our hypothesis was that using computer or paper based medium for learning would effect memory recall.


Laptops and other gadgets have become an increasingly popular form of learning. Many universities are shifting their entire curriculum from paper to online-based learning programs which requires access to computers, laptops, tablets, and others. In our experiment, we examine if memory recall is affected by the medium used to present information. Undergraduate psychology students took part in this experiment. The participants in the experiment split up in two groups, one who were shown words on paper, and the other were shown words on a laptop. The results reveal no significant difference found on the number of words recalled between both the groups. Instead, the results showed the opposite of what was initially proposed.


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