Jessica Siler Awarded Honors in the Major Scholarship

Congratulations to Jessica for receiving the Honors in the Major (HIM) Scholarship for her project, “Generation and the Google Effect: Transactive Memory System Preference Across Age.”

Jessica’s project examines how easily accessible information is changing the way people use their memory.

There is increasing evidence that advances in ease of access to information is changing the nature of human memory; the Internet is providing a new and accessible transactive memory system. Transactive memory systems (TMS) are means by which people may store information externally and recall where that information can be located, rather than all of the specific information itself.  The purpose of my study is to investigate whether the preference for transactive memory system types (computer or book) varies with age.