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  1. 1. Chapter 9 Memory
  2. 2. Memory <ul><li>Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>persistence of learning over time via the storage and retrieval of information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flashbulb Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a clear memory of an emotionally significant moment or event </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Memory <ul><li>Memory as Information Processing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>similar to a computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>write to file </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>save to disk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>read from disk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Encoding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the processing of information into the memory system </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Memory <ul><li>Storage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the retention of encoded information over time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Retrieval </li></ul><ul><ul><li>process of getting information out of memory </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Memory <ul><li>Sensory Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the immediate, initial recording of sensory information in the memory system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>focuses more on the processing of briefly stored information </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Memory <ul><li>Short Term Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>activated memory that holds a few items briefly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>look up a phone number, then quickly dial before the information is forgotten </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Long Term Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the relatively permanent and limitless storehouse of the memory system </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. A Simplified Memory Model External events Sensory memory Short-term memory Long-term memory Sensory input Attention to important or novel information Encoding Encoding Retrieving
  8. 8. Encoding- Getting Information In Encoding Effortful Automatic
  9. 9. Encoding <ul><li>Automatic Processing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>unconscious encoding of incidental information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>frequency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>well-learned information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>word meanings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>we can learn automatic processing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reading backwards </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Encoding <ul><li>Effortful Processing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>requires attention and conscious effort </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rehearsal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>conscious repetition of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to maintain it in consciousness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to encode it for storage </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Encoding <ul><li>Ebbinghaus used nonsense syllables </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TUV ZOF GEK WAV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the more times practiced on Day 1, the fewer repetitions to relearn on Day 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spacing Effect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>distributed practice yields better long term retention than massed practice </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Encoding 20 15 10 5 0 8 16 24 32 42 53 64 Time in minutes taken to relearn list on day 2 Number of repetitions of list on day 1
  13. 13. Encoding-Serial Position Effect 12 Percentage of words recalled 0 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 Position of word in list 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  14. 14. What Do We Encode? <ul><li>Semantic Encoding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>encoding of meaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>including meaning of words </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Acoustic Encoding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>encoding of sound </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>especially sound of words </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Visual Encoding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>encoding of picture images </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Encoding
  16. 16. Encoding <ul><li>Imagery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>mental pictures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a powerful aid to effortful processing, especially when combined with semantic encoding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mnemonics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>memory aids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>especially those techniques that use vivid imagery and organizational devices </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Encoding <ul><li>Chunking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>organizing items into familiar, manageable units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>like horizontal organization- 1776149218121941 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>often occurs automatically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use of acronyms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HOMES- H uron, O ntario, M ichigan, E rie, S uperior </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ARITHMETIC- A R at I n T om’s H ouse M ight E at T om’s I ce C ream </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Encoding- Chunking <ul><li>Organized information is more easily recalled </li></ul>
  19. 19. Encoding <ul><li>Hierarchies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>complex information broken down into broad concepts and further subdivided into categories and subcategories </li></ul></ul>Encoding (automatic or effortful) Imagery (visual Encoding) Meaning (semantic Encoding) Organization Chunks Hierarchies
  20. 20. Storage- Retaining Information <ul><li>Sensory Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the immediate, initial recording of sensory information in the memory system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Iconic Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a momentary sensory memory of visual stimuli </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a photographic or picture image memory lasting no more that a few tenths of a second </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registration of exact representation of a scene </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Echoic Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>momentary sensory memory of auditory stimuli </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Storage- Short Term Memory <ul><li>Short Term Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>limited in duration and capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ magical” number 7+/-2 </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Storage- Short Term Memory 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 3 6 9 12 15 18 Time in seconds between presentation of contestants and recall request (no rehearsal allowed) Percentage who recalled consonants
  23. 23. Storage- Long Term Memory <ul><li>How does storage work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Karl Lashley (1950) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>rats learn maze </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lesion cortex </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>test memory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Synaptic changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-term Potentiation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>increase in synapse’s firing potential after brief, rapid stimulation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Strong emotions make for stronger memories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>some stress hormones boost learning and retention </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Storage- Long Term Memory <ul><li>Amnesia - the loss of memory </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>memory of facts and experiences that one can consciously know and declare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hippocampus - neural center in limbic system that helps process explicit memories for storage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implicit Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>retention without conscious recollection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>motor and cognitive skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dispositions- conditioning </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Storage- Long Term Memory Subsystems Types of long-term memories Explicit (declarative) With conscious recall Implicit (nondeclarative) Without conscious recall Facts-general knowledge (“semantic memory”) Personally experienced events (“episodic memory”) Skills-motor and cognitive Dispositions- classical and operant conditioning effects
  26. 26. Storage- Long Term Memory <ul><li>MRI scan of hippocampus (in red) </li></ul>Hippocampus
  27. 27. Retrieval- Getting Information Out <ul><li>Recall </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the ability to retrieve info learned earlier and not in conscious awareness-like fill in the blank test </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recognition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the ability to identify previously learned items-like on a multiple choice test </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Retrieval <ul><li>Relearning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>amount of time saved when relearning previously learned information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Priming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>activation, often unconsciously, of particular associations in memory </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Retrieval Cues <ul><li>Reminders of information we could not otherwise recall </li></ul><ul><li>Guides to where to look for info </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Context Effects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>memory works better in the context of original learning </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Retrieval Cues 0 10 20 30 40 Water/ land Land/ water Land/ water Different contexts for hearing and recall Same contexts for hearing and recall Land/ land Percentage of words recalled
  31. 31. Retrieval Cues <ul><li>Deja Vu - (French) already seen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cues from the current situation may subconsciously trigger retrieval of an earlier similar experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;I've experienced this before&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mood Congruent Memory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tendency to recall experiences that are consistent with one’s current mood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>memory, emotions or moods serve as retrieval cues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Dependent Memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>what is learned in one state (while one is high, drunk or depressed) can more easily be remembered when in same state </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Retrieval Cues <ul><li>After learning to move a mobile by kicking, infants had their learning reactivated most strongly when retested in the same rather than a different context (Butler & Rovee-Collier, 1989). </li></ul>
  33. 33. Forgetting <ul><li>Forgetting as encoding failure </li></ul><ul><li>Information never enters the memory system </li></ul><ul><li>Attention is selective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>we cannot attend to everything in our environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>William James said that we would be as bad off if we remembered everything as we would be if we remembered nothing </li></ul>
  34. 34. Forgetting as Encoding Failure External events Sensory memory Short- term memory Long- term memory Attention Encoding Encoding Encoding failure leads to forgetting
  35. 35. Forgetting <ul><li>Forgetting as encoding failure </li></ul><ul><li>Which penny is the real thing? </li></ul>
  36. 36. Forgetting <ul><li>Ebbinghaus - forgetting curve over 30 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>initially rapid, then levels off with time </li></ul></ul>1 2 3 4 5 10 15 20 25 30 10 20 30 40 50 60 0 Time in days since learning list Percentage of list retained when relearning
  37. 37. Forgetting <ul><li>The forgetting curve for Spanish learned in school </li></ul>Retention drops, then levels off 1 3 5 9½ 14½ 25 35½ 49½ Time in years after completion of Spanish course 100% 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Percentage of original vocabulary retained
  38. 38. Retrieval <ul><li>Forgetting can result from failure to retrieve information from long-term memory </li></ul>External events Attention Encoding Encoding Retrieval failure leads to forgetting Retrieval Sensory memory Short-term memory Long-term memory
  39. 39. Forgetting as Interference <ul><li>Learning some items may disrupt retrieval of other information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proactive(forward acting) Interference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>disruptive effect of prior learning on recall of new information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retroactive (backwards acting) Interference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>disruptive effect of new learning on recall of old information </li></ul></ul></ul>
  40. 40. Forgetting as Interference
  41. 41. Forgetting <ul><li>Retroactive Interference </li></ul>Without interfering events, recall is better After sleep After remaining awake 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Hours elapsed after learning syllables 90% 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Percentage of syllables recalled
  42. 42. Forgetting <ul><li>Forgetting can occur at any memory stage </li></ul><ul><li>As we process information, we filter, alter, or lose much of it </li></ul>
  43. 43. Forgetting Sensory memory - the senses momentarily register amazing detail Short term memory - a few items are both noticed and encoded Long-term storage - Some items are altered or lost Retrieval from long-term memory - depending on interference, retrieval cues moods and motives, some things get retrieved, some don’t Information bits
  44. 44. Forgetting- Interference <ul><li>Motivated Forgetting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>people unknowingly revise history </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>defense mechanism that banishes anxiety-arousing thoughts, feelings, and memories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Positive Transfer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sometimes old information facilitates our learning of new information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>knowledge of Latin may help us to learn French </li></ul></ul>
  45. 45. Memory Construction <ul><li>We filter information and fill in missing pieces </li></ul><ul><li>Misinformation Effect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>incorporating misleading information into one's memory of an event </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Source Amnesia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>attributing to the wrong source an event that we experienced, heard about, read about, or imagined (misattribution) </li></ul></ul>
  46. 46. Memory Construction <ul><li>Eyewitnesses reconstruct memories when questioned </li></ul>Depiction of actual accident Leading question: “ About how fast were the cars going when they smashed into each other?” Memory construction
  47. 47. Memory Construction <ul><li>People fill in memory gaps with plausible guesses and assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Imagining events can create false memories </li></ul><ul><li>Children's eyewitness recall </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Child sexual abuse does occur </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some innocent people suffer false accusations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some guilty cast doubt on true testimony </li></ul></ul>
  48. 48. Memory Construction <ul><li>Memories of Abuse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repressed or Constructed? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Child sexual abuse does occur </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some adults do actually forget such episodes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>False Memory Syndrome </li></ul><ul><ul><li>condition in which a person’s identity and relationships center around a false but strongly believed memory of traumatic experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sometimes induced by well-meaning therapists </li></ul></ul>
  49. 49. Memory Construction <ul><li>Most people can agree on the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Injustice happens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incest happens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forgetting happens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recovered memories are commonplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memories recovered under hypnosis or drugs are unreliable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memories of things happening before age 3 are unreliable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memories, whether false or real, are upsetting </li></ul></ul>
  50. 50. Improve Your Memory <ul><li>Study repeatedly to boost recall </li></ul><ul><li>Spend more time rehearsing or actively thinking about the material </li></ul><ul><li>Make material personally meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Use mnemonic devices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>associate with peg words- something already stored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make up story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>chunk-acronyms </li></ul></ul>
  51. 51. Improve Your Memory <ul><li>Activate retrieval cues- mentally recreate situation and mood </li></ul><ul><li>Recall events while they are fresh- write down before interference </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize interference </li></ul><ul><li>Test your own knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>rehearse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>determine what you do not yet know </li></ul></ul>