Ka Yi Emily Tam

The Effect of Viewing Sexual Films on Memory

My research project for SURF is on human memory performance when viewing different emotional stimuli. The types of emotion I want to experiment on includes: happy, negative, neutral, arousing (adrenalin rushing), and sexual. The positive correlation between arousal and positive stimuli, and memory performance has been proposed. The negative correlation between negative stimuli and memory performance has also been proposed. However, the connection between sexual stimuli and memory performance still remains unknown. This project aims to ascertain whether there is a positive or a negative correlation between sexual stimuli and memory performance, and whether there is a difference across ethnicity and gender. In addition, this project will also discover whether sexual is the same as arousal

Message to Sponsor

This is a very exciting time for me. I have been assisting with research in the Shimamura Lab. I would have never thought I would have the chance to conduct my own project. I will definitely take advantage of this opportunity and make the best of it. I am a little afraid of offending conservative participants, as sex is a taboo subject across many cultures. Therefore, I would have to been careful in my recruitment. But, because sex is a taboo subject and not many people would be willing to experiment on it, this motivates me to work even harder on it.
  • Major: Interdisciplinary Studies Field
  • Mentor: Arthur Shimamura, Psychology