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Question #5: Imagine that you have been charged of running a red light. You are innocent, of course, and decide to contest the ticket in court. You have 4 separate arguments to make, differing in strength (A: really strong, B: strong, C: somewhat strong, D: not too strong). The judge will hear your case, then later retire to his chambers to make a decision. To make the best impression on the judge during his deliberations, in what order should you present your 4 arguments? Explain why based on memory research.
I would make my strong defense first because of the primacy effect. It will be remembered fairly well. Then I’d make my weaker points second. That is the one that will not be remembered very well. Then I would go on to present my somewhat strong defense which is not recalled very well at all. Finally, I’d argue my really strong defense last, because of the recency effect which will be remembered best. Hopefully, the memory of my strong and really strong defenses would influence the judge’s decision in my favor.
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