ERIC Number: EJ886917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Investigating the Interaction of Graphic Organizers and Seductive Details: Can a Graphic Organizer Mitigate the Seductive-Details Effect?
Rowland-Bryant, Emily; Skinner, Christopher H.; Skinner, Amy L.; Saudargas, Richard; Robinson, Daniel H.; Kirk, Emily R.
Research in the Schools, v16 n2 p29-40 Fall 2009
The interaction between seductive details (SD) and a graphic organizer (GO) was investigated. Undergraduate students (n = 207) read a target-material passage about Freud's psychosexual stages. Depending on condition, the participants also read a biographical paragraph (SD-only), viewed a graphic organizer that linked the seductive details to the target material (GO-only), read both (GO+SD), or only read the target material (Control). After reading, students completed a quiz. Results suggested that the graphic organizer might have mitigated but did not reverse the seductive-details effect, providing evidence for both the diversion hypothesis (seductive details priming inappropriate schema) and the distraction hypothesis (seductive details focusing the reader's attention on the seductive details as opposed to the target material). (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Interaction, Recall (Psychology), Context Effect, Instructional Materials, Priming, Testing
Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA). Web site: http://www.msera.org/rits.htm
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A