Improving Memory Essay

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IMPROVING MEMORY Memory processes are what allow us to learn and remember information. One of those models is known as the information processing model (Carpenter, S., & Huffman, K., 2010). This model states that the information a person receives for processing will go through three basic operations: encoding, storage, and long term retrieval. Encoding is the processing of sensory information that is received from our environment. Storage is the retaining of that information over time in our mind and is further subdivided into three stages: sensory memory storage, short term memory storage, and long term memory storage. The first two stages are of short time duration, while the last is more permanent storage. Lastly, retrieval is the recovery of information from our brain’s storage lockers. The best analogy that I can think of to describe how we handle information would be to note the similarities between the human mind and a computer. Encoding equals the process of typing information into a document. Sensory memory storage is very similar to the keyboard buffer that stores a limited amount of typed keystrokes. Short term memory storage operates like a computer’s RAM, or random access memory. This is a working or “holding area” of memory that is limited in size and also by power.. i.e. if the power to the computer is turned off, the information in RAM will be lost. Our long term memory operates exactly like a hard drive in a computer does; information is written to the hard drive from the short term memory and saved for future retrieval. A technique that I am currently trying to learn is also a relatively simple one, at least on the surface.. the art of knitting. Part of learning how to knit involves developing long term procedural memory, specifically a motor skill known as muscle memory. It can be developed by the repetition of the knitting

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