the immediate, initial recording of sensory information in the memory system.
Example: When listening to a song, the sound will be stored in our sensory memory.
activated memory that holds a few items briefly, such as the seven digits of a phone number while dialing, before the information is stored or forgotten. Working memory is a similar concept that focuses more on the processing of briefly stored information.
Example: When listening to the same song for the first time, some words of the refrain will be stored in our short-term memory.
the relatively permanent and limitless storehouse of the memory system.
Example: After listening to the song a couple of times, we memorize the whole lyrics, which are stored in the long-term memory due to constant rehearsal.
unconscious encoding of incidental information, such as space, time and frequency, and of well-learned information, such as word meanings.
Example: Typing on a computer keyboard without looking at the keys exhibits our ability to learn to automatically process previously effortful processed information.
the conscious repetition of information, either to maintain it in consciousness or to encode it for storage.
Example: Repeating the vocabulary words that I need to study for the quiz in order to learn them.
the tendency for distributed study or practice to yield better long-term retention than is achieved through massed study or practice.
Example: I will remember the vocabulary better if I study them in time intervals.
serial position effect
our tendency to recall best the last and first items in a list.
Example: When given fifteen numbers, we will recall the first and last numbers better than the ones in-between.
mental pictures; a powerful aid to effortful processing, especially when combined with semantic encoding.
memory aids, especially those techniques that use vivid imagery and organizational devices.
a momentary sensory memory of visual stimuli; a photographic or picture-image memory lasting no more than a few tenths of a second.
a momentary sensory memory of auditory stimuli; if attention is elsewhere, sounds and words can still be recalled within 3 or 4 seconds.
an increase in a synapse's firing potential after brief, rapid stimulation. Believed to be a neural basis for learning and memory.
a neural center located in the limbic system that helps process explicit memories for storage.
a measure of memory in which the person must retrieve information learned earlier, as on a fill-in-the-blank test.
a measure of memory in which the person need only identify items previously learned, as on a multiple-choice test.
a memory measure that assesses the amount of time saved when learning material for a second time.
that eerie sense that "I've experienced this before." Cues from the current situation may subconsciously trigger retrieval of an earlier experience.
the tendency to recall experiences that are consistent with ones current good or bad mood.
in psychoanalytic theory, the basic defense mechanism that banishes from consciousness anxiety-arousing thoughts, feelings, and memories.