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How do people recall articles about disaster? Effects of story grammar on recall of sharp end and blunt end causes.

Moning, I. (2014) How do people recall articles about disaster? Effects of story grammar on recall of sharp end and blunt end causes.

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Abstract:In order to gain new insights in the area of people´s ability to recall information, an experiment was conducted to study the effects of presence of a story grammar in brief descriptions of accidents. The purpose of the present study was twofold: the first objective was to find out whether participants remember more of a text that follows a certain story grammar. The second focus laid on the differences in recall of sharp end and blunt end causes. Participants were handed out two different articles with an adapted number of causes and they were asked to read them and to recall them. After reading, they were asked to answer a recognition questionnaire with regard to the content of the articles. The results showed that people recall more causes if the text contains a story grammar. A further finding was that people recall more of the sharp end than of the blunt end causes, suggesting that people tend to concentrate more on the obvious information (sharp end causes).
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65764
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