Multi-store Model of Memory
Information reaches our sensory memory through the senses. Our senses pick up information from the environment, if we pay attention to this information it will move into our short term memory, if not it is forgotton. Here it can stay for up to 30 seconds and the STM can hold between 5-9 pieces of information such as post codes etc. It will stay in the STM if we use maintenance rehearsal, this is mentally rehearsing the information, if we use elaborative rehearsal, which is thinking about the meaning of the information then it will move into the long term memory. Here it can stay for up to a lifetime and has an unlimited capacity. If we do not mentally rehearse the information it is forgotton.
Supporting evidence - Peterson and Peterson:
- Aimed to test how long STM could…