- How did your subjects respond to the test?
(Most will demonstrate confusion and slowed processing when
trying to deal with conflicting messages. Often, they first say
the incorrect word but quickly go back and correct themselves.)
- Does practice improve a person's ability to identify colors?
(Accept all reasonable answers such as it will help people
identify the color sequences they have practiced, but it may not
improve performance when faced with a new set of confusing words.)
- Do you think that turning the chart upside down would affect
(Yes - When the words are upside down, you can't read them.
Since you wouldn't register a meaning for the symbols, there would
be no conflict and therefore your processing would not be suffer
from the Stroop Effect.)
- What strategy might help to identify the words with less difficulty?
(Accept all reasonable answers such as Alan's trick of trying
to see the letters as nonsense symbols and not elements of language)
Do you think that the Stroop Effect equally effects males and females?
Why or why not?
(Accept all reasonable answers.)
Design a test that might show the influence that gender might have
on color word confusion. Once you have developed your strategy,
share it with your teacher. With the instructor's permission, gather
data on a group of subjects. Keep a record of how the groups organized
by gender perform. Share your research conclusion with your classmates.