Class Year

2014

Date

4-11-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Psychology

First Advisor

Matthew R. Kelley

Second Advisor

Kathryn Rindskopf Dohrmann

Third Advisor

David W. Park

Abstract

Collaborative inhibition refers to the finding that groups of collaborating participants do not recall as much information as groups of non-collaborating participants (nominal groups). Although collaborative inhibition has been widely replicated with verbal materials, such as word lists, sentences, and paragraphs, the influence of collaboration has not yet been explored in spatial memory. The results of two novel experiments suggest that collaborative inhibition generally does not occur in spatial memory. The second experiment, however, indicates a trend towards collaborative inhibition, which suggests that collaboration might marginally impair spatial memory. Theoretical implications are discussed.


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