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PSYB2 ­ Revision

Memory and forgetting
Multi-store model of memory

Proposed by Atkinson and Shiffrin ­ 1968

Incoming sensory information, Sensory memory (d=up to 4s), if attended to, STM (c=7+/-2 chunks,
d=up to 30s, encoded acoustically), if rehearsed, LTM (c=infinite, d=indefinite, encoded pictorially
and semantically)

Information flows in a linear…

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Central executive: controls and monitors the other components (slave systems). Has limited storage
capacity but can process incoming auditory and visual information, enabling CE to allocate tasks to
slave components. It also has the ability to gather and co-ordinate info from LTM.

Visuo spatial sketchpad: stores visual and spatial info…

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Supporting Evidence

Craik and Tulving (1975) ­ Auditorially presented participants with 60 words. Each word
accompanied by one of 3 possible questions. Making participants process the words either
semantically, phonetically or structurally. In sudden recall memory test, participants were presented
with 180 words and had to tick the words about…

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Supporting evidence

Milner (1996) did a case study of HM. He recalled most events from before the operation but
couldn't store new ones. Although he couldn't remember what he'd eaten for breakfast (episodic),
he could acquire new procedural memories (learned to play tennis

Clive Wearing was a famous musician who…

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this theory says that forgetting in the LTM is caused by decay of the trace through tissue. So if the
knowledge is not used the engram will eventually decay away.

Supporting evidence: Peterson and Peterson (1959) ­ Investigated how the passage of time affects
STM recall. Participants hear one trigram.…

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Proactive interference ­ Earlier learning interferes with later learning and prevents you from
memorising that later learning.

Supporting evidence: McGeoch and MacDonald (1931) investigated retroactive interference.
Participants were divided into 4 groups. Each participant was given a list of words. After a delay
period they were given a second list…

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Supporting evidence: Williams (1984) 129 women who according to hospital documentation had
been abused between the ages of 10 months and 12 years were interviewed 17 years later. Results
showed that 38% of the women failed to report the abusive episode. Williams concluded that it was
because the memories had…


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