EFFECTS OF LEVELS OF PROCESSING, DISTINCTIVENESS AND GENDER ON PROSPECTIVE MEMORY

EFFECTS OF LEVELS OF PROCESSING, DISTINCTIVENESS AND GENDER ON PROSPECTIVE MEMORY

ABSTRACT

This study investigated the effects of levels of processing, distinctiveness and gender on event-based and time-based prospective memory. One hundred and twenty students (60 males and 60 females) of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki (EBSU) with a mean age of 23.31 years participated in the study. The stimulus material was a meaningful prose passage. Event-based and time-based prospective memory were tested with the Prospective Memory Test (PMT). Data were subjected to multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and results reveal a significant main effect of levels of processing, distinctiveness and gender on prospective memory. There was also a significant interaction effect of levels of processing and gender on event-based prospective memory (P<0.05). The implications of findings were discussed and suggestions for further studies made.

Keywords:  Levels of processing, Distinctiveness, Gender, Prospective Memory, Undergraduate.