Title

Drawing as a technique to facilitate childrens memory

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor's Name

Ronald P. Fisher

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Jonathan G. Tubman

Third Advisor's Name

Scott R. Fraser

Fourth Advisor's Name

Janat F. Parker

Date of Defense

11-20-1996

Abstract

This study examined a technique to assist children to recall more information about witnessed events. Thirty-eight fourth-grade children from a public grade school in Miami Florida participated in the experiment. The participants watched a Red Cross demonstration and were interviewed one week later about details of the demonstration. All of the children were interviewed using a police style interview. In addition, half of the children were instructed to draw during the interview. The current study supported previous findings that the instruction to draw increased the amount of information recalled. The effect of drawing was greatest for high-visual events. In addition, the instruction to draw prompted an increase in non-verbal information, which had an unusually high accuracy rate.

Identifier

FI14051833

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