Rachel Fieman - Testing Memory Under Stress: Immediate and Long-Term Effects

Retrieving information from memory can result in enhanced long-term retention of that information (Testing Effect).  In educational settings, test taking is often experienced as a stressful event.  While it is known that stress can impair retrieval processes, little is know about the long-term consequences of testing under stress, which is the focus of the present study.  
Rachel Fieman is a senior working on a B.S. in behavioral neuroscience and B.A. in religion studies. She examined the effect of stress on the Testing Effect. With the help of Dr. Almut Hupbach, she designed the experiment, collected the data, and analyzed the data over 2 years. She will be attending the SELECT program at the University of South Florida for medical school next year.