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Abstract Title: Effect of Paper Color on Physics Exam Performance
Abstract: Studies in the cognitive sciences have established that color, acting as an environmental cue, can significantly affect subject performance on a variety of tasks.  However, a dearth of research exists into how this phenomenon manifests itself 1) in the combined conceptual and computational field of physics and 2) in the context of preparation (i.e. where subjects are able to prepare for an assessment as opposed to first learning of its nature while testing).  Our experiment involves approximately 450 students in an introductory E&M course in which the paper color used for examinations was varied.  Analysis is performed across three exams and differentiates between students' multiple choice, written response, conceptual, and computational performance.  The time students require to complete exams and confidence levels prior to and immediately following assessment are also examined.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David R Schmidt
Colorado School of Mines
1523 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 7193041965
and Co-Presenter(s)
Todd G Ruskell
Colorado School of Mines

Patrick B Kohl
Colorado School of Mines

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