Jennifer Davis Bowman


Cincinnati, OH

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Quiz Tank 7: How Well Do You Forget-Proof Your Lessons?

As educators, much of our time is spent assessing student needs. Before we can truly help our students, an understanding of our own learning is key. Thus, near the end of each month, I will offer one short educator quiz to help shed light on where we are and where we wish to go.

If you have topics or research that you would like to include for a future quiz, please email  If, your material is selected, I will include your name and appropriate information with the quiz. If you are interested in taking the previous quiz about teacher test prep strategies, you can find it here

Are you ready to examine how your teaching strategies impact student forgetfulness?  You may take the brief quiz by answering yes or no to the 5 questions listed below:

1 If you discuss the risk of underperformance before introducing your lesson, are students less likely to remember details of the lessson?

2 If you have a student that is a struggling reader, will he/she struggle with memory skills as well?

3 Will rewarding students with candy or sweets potentially decreases their ability to remember material later?

4 Will presenting more information, make the students remember less of the material?

5  If your students are stressed out, will they experience more forgetfulness?

Spoiler Alert: Exploring Your Results

This quiz was developed in response to 5 articles published between 2013 and 2014.  The articles discuss memory experiments with both humans and animals.  If you answered "yes" to most of the questions, your understanding of memory is closely aligned with the material reported in the research articles. If you answered more questions with "no", take a look at the answer explanations below.

1 Students may feel threatened when listening to information about poor performance.  Based on advertising research, when individuals feel threatened, "motivating forgetting" occurs and the chance of remembering decreases. 

2 Based on a test with 106 children (ages ranged from 6 to 8), memory skills were shown to predict success.  Children identified by their teachers as poor readers, struggled with their ability to hold and work with remembered information. 

3 Based on a study of rats, sugar served to impair memory of young rats due to inflammation of the hippocampus (area of brain that controls memory functions).

4 Based on a review of 10 experiments (more than 130,000 participants), memory quality diminishes as one is asked to remember more items.  Individuals are more likely to 'remember everything a little' versus "remembering a few things perfectly'. 

5 Based on a snail study, when exposed to stressful experiences (low calcium which is required for health, and overcrowding in their pond), their memory processes were blocked. 


Berg, V.D., & Edward Awh (2014).  Factorial comparison of working memory models.  Psychological Review, 121(1).

Dalesman, H., Sunada, H., TEskey, M.L., & Lukowiak, K. (2013).  Combining stressors that individually impede long term memory blocks all memory processes.  PLoS One, 8(11). 

Dalton, A.N., Huang, Li (2014).  Motivated forgetting in response to social identity threat.  Journal of Consumer Research.

Pascale, M.J., Abreu, E., Abreu, N., Nikaedo, C.C., Puglisi, M.L., Tourinho, C.J., etc. (2014). Executive functioning and reading achievement in school:  A study of Brazilian children assessed by their teachers as poor readers.  Frontiers in Psychology.

Society for the study of Ingestive Behavior.  Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages during adolescence impairs memory, animal study suggests.  ScienceDaily 2014.

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