Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Jodi Price

Committee Member

Jeffrey Neuschatz

Committee Member

Aurora Torres


Association of ideas., Metacognition., Cognition., Visual perception.


Prior research has shown that people perceive heavier items and those presented in larger fonts as more memorable than lighter items presented in smaller fonts. This occurs despite the fact that weight and font size have been found to not impact actual recall performance. The present study examined how the physical size of the items represented in unrelated word pairs interacted with font size to influence younger adult participants' judgments of learning (JOLs; i.e., ratings regarding the likelihood of remembering an item) and actual recall performance. Results indicated that participants not only gave higher JOLs to large stimuli word pairs in 48 pt. font, but they also recalled these at a higher rate than small stimuli in 18 pt. font. This indicates that the cues of font size and stimuli size influenced participants' encoding, as measured by their JOLs, as well as retrieval.



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