Memory and Interpretation

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Memory and Interpretation by Hsienche Liu Graduate Institute of Translation and Interpretation Of National Chunghua University of Education Abstract This article mainly discusses the different categories and two different modes of interpretation. It also touches slightly on the interplay of interpretation and memory. Short-term memory is extremely important in interpretation. This paper analyzes different kinds of memory and their application for the interpreter’s training. This paper presents three types of memories which are sensory memory, short-term memory and long-term memory. This paper goes on discussing about the major characteristic of these three memories. Through the memory’s point of view, the paper further discusses…show more content…
Although an individual may only be able to remember seven random digits or letters, it may still be possible to remember more of them if they are “chunked” or broken down into several meaningful “chunks”. Consequently, the short-term span is measured in terms of items which can be enhanced by increasing the number of items in each chunk. (Baddely 1990) 2.3 Long-Term Memory Long-term memory is memory that can last as little as 30 seconds or as long as decades. The storage capacity of long-term memory is supposed to be enormous and much more durable than that of short-term memory. The storage of long-term memory is assumed to be mainly associative and it relates different items to one another and relates items to the feature of the current circumstance. It takes about tens seconds– relatively long -to store a new retrievable memory trace in long-term memory (Simon 1973). The principal obstacle for retrieval form long-term memory is the lack of retrieval cues that are related by association to the desired item stored in long-term memory. The structure and function of long-term memory are different form those of short-term memory or working memory which apparently lasts for only around 30 seconds. Biologically, short-term memory is a transient potentiation of neural connections that can be converted into long-term memory through the
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