Journal of Undergraduate Research


prospective memory, pregnancy, pregnant woman, declarative memory


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




Memory is separated into two parts; one is procedural memory in which processes such as riding a bike are stored, the second is declarative memory or factual memory (Mickes, Wixted Shapiro, & Scarff, 2009, p.754). Many soon-to-be mothers report difficulty with their declarative memory and find that they are unable to recall facts or information, even things they have recently learned. Previous studies have found that pregnant women’s recall is impaired but recognition is the same as non-pregnant controls (Sharp, Brindle, Brown, & Turner, 1993, p. 209; Brett, & Baxendale, 2001, p. 345). This project will be a follow-up study to a previous unpublished project. The previous project found that when pregnant women are given a longer amount of time to respond to stimuli, they respond just as accurately as non-pregnant women. This suggests that pregnant women respond are just as accurate as non-pregnant women, they just need more time to consider their response. The current project will explore the relationship between response time and score with the hypothesis that when pregnant women have to respond more quickly to the stimulus, their score will decrease. This study will add to the current body of research on memory and pregnancy and will increase understanding of how response time affects pregnant women’s memory.

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