Does Gender Have An Effect On Memory?

1444 WordsApr 30, 20156 Pages
Memory is the ability to encode, store and retain information from past experiences in the human brain. Memories help people remember, learn and adapt from experiences and build better relationships. We use memory every single day of our lives, whether it is at home, school, work, etc. Without memory, we would not be able to look into the past or think about our future. We would not be able to remember what we did yesterday, what we did today or what we will do tomorrow. Without memory, what would we remember? Nothing. The question is does gender have an effect on memory? Can men recall memories better than women? Or can women recall memories better than men? The Study of human memory started about two thousand years ago by Aristotle’s first attempt to understand how memory works. Aristotle “compared the human mind to a blank slate and theorized that all humans are born free of any knowledge and are merely the sum of their experiences”. David Hartley was the first philosopher to hypothesize that memories were encoded through motions in the nervous system. In the 1870s and 1880s, William James and William Wundt were the first psychologists to do research into how the human memory works. A German philosopher Herman Ebbinghaus developed the first scientific approach to studying memory. During Ebbinghaus’s experiments, he used lists of non-syllables, and then associated them with meaningful words. As he was doing his experiments, Ebbinghaus developed concepts of the learning
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