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Functions of Memory
An overview of the process and functions of memory.
# 152303 | 1,221 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 24, 2013 in Psychology (Memory)

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This paper discusses the encoding, storage and retrieval functions of memory and looks at the differences between short term memory and long term memory. The paper explains how long-term memory can be broken down into explicit, implicit and semantic memory, and discusses the four fundamental ways in which information can be retrieved from a person's long-term memory. The paper also explains how a memory test can be used to test one's memory functionality and provides this writer's experience with a short term memory test.

From the Paper:

"Memory is maintenance of information over a period of time. It is the method by which people encode, store, and retrieve information. Encoding is the first perception and registration of information. Storage is the maintenance of encoded information over time. Retrieval refers to the procedure involved in utilizing stored information. At the point that people can recall a prior experience, it is known they have encoded, stored, and retrieved information about the experience in a successful way. On the other hand, memory failure like forgetting an important fact reflects a breakdown in one of these memory stages. Memory is significant to humans and all other living organisms. Almost all of a person's daily activities, like talking, understanding, reading, and socializing depend on them having learned and stored information about their environments. Memory allows people to bring back events from the distant past or from just moments ago. It allows people to learn new skills and to form habits. Without the capability to access past experiences or information, people would be unable to comprehend language, recognize their friends and family members, find their way home, or even tie their shoes. Life would be a string of detached experiences, each one new and unfamiliar. Without any sort of memory, humans would quickly perish Human Memory Encoding, Storage, Retention, and Retrieval, 2005)."

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