When does memory begin? Some psychologists think that memory and experience begin at birth. Others believe memory and experience begin in the womb when we are physically still attached by the umbilical cord to our mothers, and that we not only exchange all of our fluids with our mothers but in the womb, we exchange emotion. Often people will say they do not have a good memory, or that they have forgotten, when in truth they do have a good memory but are unable to access the information, memory, or schema, stored in the mind. Other times there are perfectly good explanations for why memory seems to fail us, especially as we go into old age.
This module on ‘Memory & Forgetting’, is just one of the lessons on the Introduction to Psychology course. In this module, you will learn about the way in which we process incoming information, encode, and remember it – or not! Exploring the Informational Processing and Multi-Store Models of Memory, you will discover how your own memory works, in The Recency and Primacy Effects, and Millar’s Magic No. 7 experiments.
With discussion on memory function, PTSD, flashbulb memory, managing memory trauma, emotional tagging, forgetting, amnesia, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, the defence mechanism of regression, and Freud’s theory on forgetting, this module is a ‘must-take’ for anyone working with others in professional care settings, dealing with family members, or for anyone interested to learn how their own memory works. By taking this module, you will develop excellent awareness of how we process and store information in our memories, be able to better understand some of the obstacles that can appear to prevent us from remembering, and learn how to manage and improve your own memory. This module is also an excellent foundation for educational and career development, with the learning being highly applicable for improving personal and professional relationships.
- An introduction to our memories, and what is invoked when we remember
- Emotional tagging, triggering, & spontaneous remembering
- Traumatic memories, PTSD, & ways of managing
- The anatomy of memory in the brain, the amygdala & hippocampus
- Experiments in Psychology: Millar’s Magic Number 7
- Capacity and limitations on encoding
- Schema Theory of Memory
- Information Processing & Multi-Store Models of Memory
- Experimentation & explanation of the Primacy & Recency Effect
- Why we forget – do we really forget information?
- Cognitive mind biases
- The effects of brain damage
- Explanations of Amnesia, Alzheimer’s & Dementia
- Psychoanalytic perspective on forgetting
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