Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Daniel Burns


context-dependent memory, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, background context


Research has revealed a context-dependent memory effect in which stimuli tested in the same context that they were encoded in tend to be remembered better than stimuli tested in a different context. The impairments of those with ADHD suggest that the restoration of context may be less beneficial for these individuals. The present study examined context-dependent memory effects among individuals with high and low ADHD symptomatology. It was expected that those with higher ADHD symptomatology would benefit less from the restoration of context compared to those with lower ADHD symptomatology. Participants were presented with a series of words on colored backgrounds and later completed a recognition memory test where words were presented on the same background or a new white background. The results revealed a significant effect of context and a significantly higher number of false alarms for those with high ADHD symptomatology. There was no interaction. While those with higher ADHD symptomatology appeared to benefit less, this was not found to be significant.



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