Wrongly Convicted
Anjan Katta, Saahil Siddoo
St George's School
Floor Location : J 095 L

Wrongly Convicted: Does Multitasking affect facial recognition? rnrnThe purpose of our experiment is to see if multitasking affects your ability to recognize and remember a face.rnrnWe would test this by having a facial memory test on subjects while doing one of the 2 different types of multitasking (physical and mental). We would compare our results with the control group. rnrnOur memory test for the physical multitasking was to show 6 faces of men for 20 seconds while the subject wrote his name many times on a sheet of paper. The mental multitasking was the same procedure as the physical but instead of writing your name, you would count out loud by 9's.For the control group, you would simply try to remember the faces. rnrnAfter the subject saw the pictures for 20 seconds, we showed the subject a new sheet of paper that had many faces on it that included the original 6 he/she saw. We would mark the person on how many he answered correct out of 6 (Example: 3/6). We tested an overall number of 60 subjects. rn rnWe want to figure out if multitasking on the scene of the crime affects the ability of witnesses to identify the culprit(s). Should the criminal investigators be aware if the witnesses were negatively affected by multitasking on the scene of the crime? rn rnOur hypothesis is that multitasking will negatively affect your facial recognition; more specifically mental multitasking will worsen your memory more than physical multitasking.