Memory Essay

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If you ever thought that a person’s memory was just a thought or something else we remember because we feel it’s worth remembering, you’re wrong. According to chapter 7 “Memory” in “Psychology: An introduction”, 9th edition by Benjamin B. Lanhey, the way the human mind processes memories is much more complicated and pretty amazing. The human brain can actually be compared to a file cabinet or a computer hard drive because it consists of the stage model of memory which are called, sensory memory, short term memory and long term memory. These types of memory are all separate areas where our brain sorts out our different memories based on their importance. I chose to research memory because it was the most interesting subject I have learned about in Psychology. When I was in elementary school I had a good friend whose family took care of their great aunt Linda who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. It is said that “Deep inside one portion of the brain, known as the temporal lobe, is a structure called the hippocampus, which is thought to be where short-term memories are converted into long-term memories. The hippocampus often is atrophied in the brains of Alzheimer's patients” (USNews.com). I will never forget how scared I used to get being around her because I never knew how she would act. There were times she would be “normal” and knew who she was and who her family was and then there were other times that she would be screaming that she didn’t know who these people were and they were holding her hostage in their home; furthermore, causing me to have somewhat of a fear of the brain. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, www.alz.org, “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed”. Once I learned about the stage

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