Rhythm, Rhyme and Learning


The purpose of this project is to find out if is to see if poems with lots of rhythm, rhyme, and different sound devices are easier to learn than those written in free verse. Our everyday ease in generalizing knowledge is one class of evidence that we have several kinds of data representations in our heads. Mental representations also reveal themselves in the psychology laboratory. With clever techniques, psychologists can catch a mind in the act of flipping from representation to representation. Laboratory research has revealed that the human brain uses at least four major formats of representation. One format is visual image, which is like a template in a two-dimensional, picturelike mosaic. Another is a phonological representation, a stretch of syllables that we play in our minds like a tape loop, planning out the mouth movements and imagining what syllables look like. This is a component of short-term memory, like the way we repeat a phone number to ourselves long enough to remember the number to dial it. A third format is grammatical representation: nouns and verbs, phrases and clauses, stems and roots, phonemes and trees, all arranged in hierarchical trees.


Rhythm, Rhyme and Learning Science Fair Project