Chapter 8

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Chapter 8
2012-09-13 00:31:16
Chapter psych 101

psych 101 chapter 8
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  1. mnemonics
    techniques that improve memory, often through using existing familiar information (e.g. imagery) during the encoding of new information to aid later retrieval and access.
  2. misinformation effect
    incorporating misleading information into one's memory of an event
  3. memory
    the persistence of learning over time thru the storage and retrieval of information
  4. long-term potentiation (LTP)
    an increase in a synapse's firing potential after brief, rapid stimulation. believed to be a nueral basis for learning and memory.
  5. long term memory
    enduring memories that retain and preserve information for later retrieval over long periods. Long-term memory includes episodic memory (memory of the personal episodes), semantic memory (memory of knowledge); declarative memory (knowing 'that' and procedural memory (knowing 'how'.
  6. implicit memory
    Implicit memory, also known as nondeclarative memory, involves recollection of skills, things you know how to do, preferences, etc., that you don't need to recall consciously. (Like riding a bike) 
  7. imagery
    Imagery is simply the formation of any mental pictures. A powerful aid to effortful processing, especially when combined with semantic encoding.
  8. iconic memory
    • Humans remember sounds and words in slightly
    • different ways. Memory for visual stimuli is referred to as iconic memory, which can be defined as very brief sensory memory of some visual stimuli, that occur in the form of mental pictures. For example, if I ask you to look at a picture and then close your eyes and try to see thepicture, what you can "see" in your mind's eye is an iconic memory of the image in the picture. Typically, iconic memories are stored for slightly shorter periods of time than echoic memories (auditory memories). Please be aware that both echoic and iconic memories are sensory memories, not types of long-term memory, and thus are very temporary and fade quickly.
  9. hippocampus
    • a hippo sized librarian on campus.
    • a neural center that is located in the limbic system; helps process implicit memories for storage.
  10. flash bulb memory
    a clear memory of an emotionally significant moment or event
  11. Explicit Memory
    Explicit memory, also known as declarative memory is a type of long-term memory in which we store memories of fact. In addition, explicit memory is divided further into semantic and episodic memories (please look those up for complete definitions). So, if you have memories of things such as when Columbus sailed to America or what day and time your baby brother was born, you have explicit memories
  12. encoding
    • The process of taking in information, for instance, by extracting meaning from it.
    • Any information which we sense and subsequently attempt to process, store, and later retrieve must be brought in through one of the senses and then transformed into some form that our bodies and minds
    • understand. The process of breaking the information down into a form we understand is the process of encoding (and we later "decode" the information to recall it). But the process of getting into the memory
    • system for storage and later retrieval is encoding.
  13. effortful processing
    encoding that requires attention and conscious effort
  14. echoic memory
    a momentary sensory memory of auditory stimuli; if attention is elsewhere, sounds and words can still be recalled within 3 to 4 seconds.
  15. deja vu
    that eerie sense that "I've experience this before" cues from the current event may subconsciously be triggering retrieval of an earlier experience.
  16. chunking
    organizing things into familiar, organizable units. usually happens automatically.
  17. automatic processing
    automatic encoding of incidental information, for instance space, time and frequency, as well as well learned things like word meanings.
  18. amnesia
    the loss of memory
  19. acoustic encoding
    the encoding of sound, especially the sound of words