Anita Satish L&S Sciences
Text it or Forget it? The Application of Text Messaging to Enhance Memory for Learned Information
Research has shown that memory for medical and psychological advice hovers between 20 and 30 percent. This may be associated with adverse effects on treatment adherence and outcomes. My research employs memory-enhancing strategies through a reiterative text-message intervention for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Previous research suggests text interventions can have positive treatment outcomes. A more standardized and systematic approach to studying their effects on treatment outcomes and memory, may lead to more conclusive findings. In my study, participants will receive a two-week text-message intervention following a basic lesson in CBT, and will be assessed on both recall and depression scores. We live in an era where technology is replacing traditional methods of communication. I hope that my project will help further our understanding of how to optimally use technology to aid treatment efforts outside the clinic.