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THE EFFECT OF ENVIRONMENT ON MEMORY RECALL: LIGHT THERAPY EXPERIMENT

INTRODUCTION

***** therapy is becoming increasingly acknowledged to have an impact on various conditions known ***** m*****kind. For example, light therapy ***** increasingly being used in assisting shift workers who have difficulty sleeping to reestablish their circadian rhythm following shift work and swing shift work. Light therapy has been used ***** shown effective in treating what is commonly known as the 'winter blues' or depression that is related to cold weather and reduced natural ***** in the environment. This study examines light therapy in relation to the impact ***** this therapy ***** on the *****dividual memory recall.

HYPOTHESIS

Because ***** *****rapy is so very effective in treatment of such a wide r*****nge of dise*****es and conditions, light also must play a role in the individuals' memory recall *****refore, brighter light will result in better memory recall among a group of individuals as compared to a group of individuals ***** are *****ing events from memory in darkened or muted light.

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The methodology in the ***** reported in ***** work is of a qualitative study conducted with ***** experimental and control *****. Qualitative analys***** is utilized in this particular study because the data provided by participants is descriptive ***** nature and therefore, the method of analys***** in this study is *****terpretative in nature.

The forty participants in this ***** were split ********** two groups for ***** purposes ***** this experiment. The first group went outside ***** approximately twenty minutes and the second group remained inside a ***** cl*****sroom. ***** participants in each ***** were asked to write about a childhood memory. The participants writings concerning their ***** were reviewed ***** the researcher and an assistant ***** the responses to the subject the participants were ***** about were analyzed according to the details provided as ***** participants described their memory from childhood and ***** to the adjectives or descriptive w*****ds used which included that concerning:

1) color;

*****) smell;

3) texture;

*****) temperature; and 5) feelings.

SAMPLING/PARTICIPANTS

***** were 40 participants in ***** study all of whom were ***** ***** age eighteen years or older.

***** REVIEW

The w*****k of Bersani, et al (2008) entitled: "Pilot Study Of ***** Therapy And Neurocognitive Performance ***** Attention And Memory ***** Healthy Subjects" relates a ***** with the purpose of investig*****ting whether light therapy improved healthy subjects' neurocognitive performance of attention, *****, ***** language." (Bersani, et al, *****) This study reports ***** ten subjects were treated with bright light for five days and a control group of ***** ***** received no treatment. Assessment was conducted with a "battery ***** neurocognitive tests ***** included the following:

Strooper Colour Word Interference Test

***** Verb***** Fluency Test;

The Story Recall Test; and The Words Pairs Recall Test." (*****, et al, 2008)

An*****ysis in this study showed "improvements in cognitive scores in both groups, although on all the cognitive ***** the mean difference scores between baseline and endpoint were significantly larger in ***** light-treated group. These preliminary *****s sugge*****t

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