Examining Rate Priming on Information Processing
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Theses; 2017
The current study investigated the effect of a musical prime on reading rate, reading comprehension, and processing speed. This research also examined if there is a relation between reading speed and reading comprehension. Music and language primes have been shown to affect processing speed similarly, such that when participants were exposed to a slow prime, language production would slow down, and vice versa for fast primes (Jungers, Hupp, & Dickerson, 2016). This result has also been found in other cognitive capacities when participants are exposed to a prime, such as decision-making (Buelow, Hupp, Porter & Coleman, 2016), suggesting that the rate of prime could change processing speed across domains. The current study was looking to further support this theory by testing for processing speed in motor movements and reading rate. Participants completed the Purdue Pegboard Task and The Nelson Denny Reading Test after being exposed to 3 minutes of a classical music prime. The musical prime was manipulated to have both slow and fast tempos. The current study shows that there is a positive correlation between reading rate and reading comprehension, but the rate of prime did not affect processing speed, reading rate, or reading comprehension.
Academic Major: Psychology