Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
The present experiment tested whether one's personal location is automatically encoded into memory. Twenty-one groups of students were given a tour of the Marshall University campus. At each of 10 locations on the tour, participants were told an interesting fact about the University. Participants were informed of a test following the tour assessing their recall of the facts. In addition, half of the participants were also told their recall of the location at which each fact was presented would be tested. Immediately following and two weeks after the tour, participants completed a memory test which assessed their (a) recognition of having heard the information, (b) recall of the fact, and (c) memory for the location at which each fact was presented. In both immediate and delayed recall, if participants correctly recalled the fact, the probability of correctly recalling location was high regardless of whether they were or were not instructed to remember location. The results support the notion that personal location is automatically encoded.
Neal, Kristen Lea, "Do You Recall Where You Where When...?: Support For Automatic Encoding of One's Location" (2004). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 743.