The Different Types of Memory Essay

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The Different Types of Memory

Memory is one of the most puzzling parts of the brain. How can our brain store more information and thoughts than an encyclopedia and weigh less then three pounds? The brain gives us the ability to act on our own. To think, say, and do things we want to do all occur because of our brain. The brain controls our movement, our thoughts, and our memory. Memory, the process of storing and retrieving information in the brain, consists of three main types, short-term, long-term, and ancestral all which can be comparred between genders.

Memory is the process of storing and retrieving information in the brain. It has three main functions: recording, storing, and recalling. One records information in the
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After dialing, the number is lost. Short-term memory is memory that is “in use,” and does not get transferred to long-term and later stored unless the person wants it to be and makes it happen. “Without short-term memory, our actions would be slowed down with traffic jams of information just roaming around” (Fancher 51). For this reason, short-term memory is important to a way of life. The one recall that short-term memory has is immediate recall. This is the ability to repeat a short series of words, pictures, sounds, etc. after hearing or seeing them. “Immediate recall is remembering for only a short time and the information retrieved is never permanently recorded” (Pinker 115). Sensory memory is another type of short-term memory which information enters and leaves immediately. Sensory memory is only seconds of memory.

Inoformation enters and leaves immediatly. An example is sight. Once an object is sight, it is considered Sensory memory, once leaves, it leaves the memory. Short-term Memory is still being studied by many psychologist and more and more is learned about it each day.

Like Short-term memory, another type of memory is Long-term memory.

Long-term memory is located in the medial temporal lobe and the mid-brain. It is memory traces that have been transferred from short-term and is permanently recorded. Long-term memory has two ways of recording, with and without depth of processing. (Lapp 14).

Depth of processing is the