Memory for Visual Artwork

Amanda Rosenfeld Butler University, Eileen Hogan Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Amanda Hall Butler University
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether perceptual ability predicts the occurrence of the photo-taking impairment effect in which photographing images impairs performance on a subsequent, detail-oriented memory test. Previous research has shown that participants are less likely to remember objects that they have photographed compared to objects they have observed. We will replicate the procedure of Soares & Storm (2018) in which participants are instructed to either observe or photograph paintings. For some of the photographed paintings, participants will be instructed to delete the photo. This is due to what Soares and Storm (2018) call the “offloading hypothesis”, which states that a perceiver moves their memory of what has been photographed into the camera’s prosthetic memory, making the perceiver reliant upon the camera’s memory to recall the event. Our addition of the perceptual ability task as a potential predictor is how our study differs from that of Soares and Storm (2018). With this study, the experimenters hope to gain knowledge about a newly emerging subject of study. Cameras and camera phones are now engrained into everyday life and this study has the potential to discover the impact that they are placing on everyday memory.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:45 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 156