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Students study effects of music on memory

Misericordia University recently sponsored the annual Student Research Poster Presentation Day at the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus.

The presentations were the culmination of research and work on a variety of topics by more than 100 students in the Colleges of Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Professional Studies and Social Sciences.

The student researchers touched upon several important topics in their fields of study. Students Dana Authier, Hanover Twp.; Brianna Fischer, Canadensis; Kaitlin Fulton, Larksville, and Melissa Parker, Berlin, New Jersey, presented their research, “Is Music Affecting Your Studying?: The Effects of Music on Memory.” The team studied short-term memory recall of fellow students while they were listening to classical and pop music.

Marnie Hiester, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, served as faculty advisor for the research project.

Student researchers presented a total of 65 abstracts to the college community and answered questions related to their individual topics, which included biology, biochemistry, chemistry, medical imaging, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology and speech-language pathology. University President Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., attended the two-hour event along with students, faculty, staff and deans of the colleges.,