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What is memory? When you try to break it down it really becomes the power source of all yourthoughts, actions, memories, and trigger. Memory is the basis for a lot of our thought process. Certainsituations reminds us of a past event such as a holiday, an emotion we felt. This process is very unique asit allows a person to acquire, store, retain and later on be able to retrieve past information. “Learningand memory are closely related concepts. Learning the acquisition of skill or knowledge, while memoryis the expression of what you’ve acquired” (American Psychological Associaion, 2018). To me, ourmemory is where we hold our most valuable information! Not only do we rely on our memory to besuccessful in life such as with our studies and our capability to remember information, but also withinour personal lives as well! We rely on our memory to help us remember birthdays, anniversaries,important appointments, things we need to do, etc. The list of what we rely on our memory for could bea paper in itself, but I want to take a closer look at how memory development plays a role in everydaylives of humans and how it can be applied to the world of psychology.What is memory developmentMemory development is something that is constantly evolving, progressing and developing aswe continue to grow. When we were younger we were taught that the connections that we made whencreating memories would be the “connection” to us remembering things from our past. Thoseconnections are what we have grown to learn as our manifestations for how we will categorize differentmemories in our life span. There are categories for many different memories and each memory can beput into a category much easier when there is reference to use from previous encounters. To acquirememory for functionality of storage there are three different parts that memory is divided into. Theseare commonly referenced to as the three functions of storage: sensory, short term (aka working), andlong term. We don’t necessarily need to remember everything we process which is why these threestages are ideal for sorting out what needs to only stay as temporary and what needs to be put awaylong term to be able to reference and go back to later on. The sensory stage is the perfect storage place
for information that only needs to be around temporary and the range can vary from a fraction of asecond to a handful of seconds. The information stored here is long enough for our brains to process andcan retain a lot of information but the expiration on this information is very quick!

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Term
Winter
Professor
ADRAGNA
Tags
Psychology, Memory processes, American Psychological Associaion

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