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Memory In Psychology

Memory In Psychology

Memory is the psychological process of encoding, storing, and retrieving information. It is a fundamental aspect of human cognition and allows us to learn from our experiences and to remember and use that knowledge in the future.

There are several different types of memory, including:

  • Sensory memory: This is the very short-term memory system that briefly stores sensory information (such as sights, sounds, and sensations) before it is either forgotten or transferred to short-term memory.

  • Short-term memory: This is the memory system that temporarily stores information for a period of about 20-30 seconds. Short-term memory is also known as working memory.

  • Long-term memory: This is the memory system that stores information over the long term, potentially for a lifetime. Long-term memory is divided into two main types: explicit memory (also known as declarative memory) and implicit memory (also known as non-declarative memory). Explicit memory is conscious and involves the conscious recollection of facts, events, and personal experiences. Implicit memory is unconscious and involves the influence of past experiences on current behavior, without conscious recollection of those experiences.

Memory is a complex process that involves the encoding, storage, and retrieval of information. It is influenced by a variety of factors, including attention, emotion, and context. 

Dysfunction in memory can be a sign of a range of conditions, including brain injury, dementia, and other neurological disorders. 

Understanding the concept of memory is important for understanding how we process and retain information and for developing interventions and treatments for memory-related issues.

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