Memory and Learning Analytical Essay by scribbler

Memory and Learning
Presents an overview of the interrelationship of memory and the process of learning.
# 152568 | 1,115 words | 10 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Mar 17, 2013 in Education (Education Psychology) , Psychology (Testing) , Psychology (Memory)

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This paper first explains that human memory, which enables thought and communication, is formed through a combination of algorithms and heuristics. Next, the author describes the process of memory including its organization into sensory, short-term and long-term/recall memories. The paper indicates that genetics, age, gender and personality contribute to an individuals preferred learning style and memory retrieval; however, research indicates that individuals must continue to work their brains just like a muscle.

Table of Contents:
Processes of Memory
Genetics and Learning
Age, Gender, Personality and Learning
Learning Styles - Memory Retrieval

From the Paper:

"From an evolutionary standpoint, genetics are very important in the learning process. To simplify a rather long and complex process; proto humans began to forage for more protein which, over time, allowed their brains to grow. As this growth occurred, more problem solving, tool making, and cognitive judgments were necessary to ensure survival, thus, over time, the human memory and capacity for imaginative thinking occurred. Or, more simply, genetics becomes very important to memory because it is conditioned by the need to solve certain problems in order to survive - how the world is structured, the best way to solve a problem, and tool making to ensure that survival.
"Cultural variables are more prone to affect learning and memory than gender, at least throughout populations at large. It is, however, more of a function of stage of life and use than anything concrete: sometimes girls mature faster and seem to have a larger capacity for learning at an earlier stage, with boys catching up mid-teens; as the brain ages, the old paradigm was that memories and learning were more difficult and certain areas of the brain were simply lost. Current scholarship, though, finds that while the child and adolescent brain can absorb a great deal of information quicker, especially language."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Champeau, R. (May 22, 2006). "UCLA Study Finds that Simple Lifestyle ChangeMay Improve Cognitive Function and Brain Efficiency." UCLA Newsroom.Cited in:
  • Cunnane, S. C. (2005). Survival of the Fattest: The Key to Human BrainEvolution. World Scientific Press.
  • Eichebaum, H. (2008). Learning and Memory. Norton.
  • Esgate, A. (2004). An Introduction to Applied Cognitive Psychology.Psychology Press.
  • Gluck, M., (2007). Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior. Worth Publishers.

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