Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.10, Issue 03, 2004; Page No.(295-302)

TEMPERATURE, HUMIDITY AND MEMORY

Promila Batra and Reema

Abstract

The present study was a 5x3 factorial design to investigate the independent and interactional effect of five levels of temperature (7°C, 15°C, 25°C, 32°C and 38°C) and three levels of humidity. (25%, 50% and 80%) on memory. Due to ethical considerations, a sample of 75 male albino rats was selected instead of using human beings.The rats were trained on active avoidance task after exposing them to various combinations of temperature and humidity. A retention test was taken after 24 hrs.Two way analysis of variance and Duncan's Range Test were employed to analyse the results.The results indicated that both the high temperatures and high humidity, influenced both the acquisition and retention negatively High temperature combined with high humidity proved to be the worst for both acquisition and retention.

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