Displacement theory

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What does it explain?
Why forgetting can differ between people as STM differ in capacity
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Why are items displaced?
Because STM has a limited capacity because when a new item enters the old one is pushed out
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Why is the serial probe technique a strength of the theory?
When the probe was at the start of the list the subsequent letter was displaced, more than if the probe was at the end of the list
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Why is the serial position curve a strength of the theory?
Items in the middle of the list were forgotten because they were pushed out of STM by by the ones that followed whilst the final items weren't displaced
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Name one other strength.
Peterson and Peterson
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Name two weaknesses.
-it can only account for instances of forgetting from STM. -it is difficult tell that we are testing displacement and not interference.
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What does learning cause?
A physical change in the neural network of the memory system
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What does this cause?
A memory trace to form
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How is it retained?
By repetition
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What happens without practice?
The memory fades
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Why are items displaced?

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Because STM has a limited capacity because when a new item enters the old one is pushed out

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Why is the serial probe technique a strength of the theory?

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Why is the serial position curve a strength of the theory?

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Name one other strength.

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