Understanding the Serial Position Effect in Public Speaking


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What is the psychological theory that states an individual recalls information differently depending on the order in which the information is presented?

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1. As Sally is presenting her speech, she begins to struggle after delivering the introduction. She is demonstrating the Serial Position effect of:

2. What is the ability of an individual to recall the last, or most recently memorized, piece of information called?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The serial position effect is an important concept in communications and speech pathology, and this quiz/worksheet will help test your understanding of its significance and components.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the components and concepts of:

  • Memorization strategies
  • Grouping speech into different sections
  • An individual's recollection of the last piece of information memorized
  • An individual's recollection of the first information memorized
  • The psychological theory about how individual recollection of information relates to the order of information

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define important concepts, such as grouping speech into different sections and terms related to the recollection of information
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the recollection of the first and last pieces of information memorized
  • Making connections - use understanding of speech memorization terms to correctly identify an example of one

Additional Learning

To learn more about the serial position effect and related terms, review the accompanying lesson on Understanding The Serial Position Effect in Public Speaking. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the serial position effect
  • Define primacy
  • Define recency
  • Familiarize yourself with the public speaking strategies of chunking, repetition, and mnemonic devices
  • Know the techniques related to repetition