Psychology: the Human Memory

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The Human Memory
Tracey Percifield
American Intercontinental University

Abstract
Unit 4 IP
The human mind is a fascinating instrument that is very complex and even though we know quite a lot about it we still do not know everything. The human memory has three phases of memory interpretation; Sensory Memory, Short-Term Memory and Long-Term Memory. Knowing how each of these memories store information is comparison to c computer. The average adult knows anywhere between 50,000 to 100, 00 words. The brain is incredible in protecting itself when injuries occur at times.

The Human Memory The Father of Psychology begins with Sigmund Freud and his analysis of Psychoanalysis and the theories he introduced. Freud had many
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Visual stimuli are often referred iconic memory, aural stimuli are known as echoic memory and touch is known as the haptic memory. These are important because they are related to Sensory Memory and smell is more linked to memory than the other senses are due to the fact that smell is located between the olfactory bulb and the olfactory cortex and because of their location to smell they are closely linked to the hippocampus and the amygdala which is part of our memory process. Certain smells can be immediately recalled and processed and also can be a trigger, example of this is the smell of skunk it has an unusual smell that you do not forget and as a trigger can give some individuals a instant migraine headache (Human Memory, n.d.). The sensory memory is the key to creating memories for our short-term memory by using perception and knowing that it is an important thing that we do not ignore so we form a memory of it. Short-Term Memory is our note pad of information that we take in to be recalled at certain times. When we take in information for our short-term up to seven items at once, sometimes less and we keep this information anywhere from 10 to 1 minute. An example of our short-term memory is to remember something to ant mathematical equation, to remember something to give an answer to someone that has made a

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