The Memory Process Term Paper by Nicky

The Memory Process
A review of the types and functions of the memory process.
# 148842 | 1,209 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 08, 2011 in Psychology (Memory) , Biology (General)

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The paper discusses the two types of human memory, short term and long term memory, and how they work. The paper then describes how memories are processed in three stages of encoding, storage and retrieval, and how a memory test can be used to test one's memory functionality. Finally, the paper looks at an example of a simple model of memory.

From the Paper:

"Memory is the ability to retain information over a period of time (Human Memory Encoding, Storage, Retention, and Retrieval, 2005). Memory is made up of processes by which people encode, store, and retrieve information. Encoding is the initial perception and registration of information. Storage is the retention of encoded information over a period of time. Retrieval is the process that is involved in using stored information. Whenever a person can successfully recall a previous experience, they must have encoded, stored, and retrieved that information. On the other hand when someone fails to remember something, there is a breakdown in one of these stages of memory. Memory is critical to humans and all other living organisms in order for survival. Practically all daily activities depend on having learned and stored information about our surroundings. Memory allows one to retrieve events from the past or from moments ago. It enables one to learn new skills and to form habits. Without the ability to access past experiences or information, we would be unable to understand language, recognize our friends and family members, find our way home, or even tie a shoe. Life would be a sequence of disconnected experiences, each one new and unfamiliar. Without any sort of memory, humans would quickly cease to exist (Memory (psychology), 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

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