Psychology in Action

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3. Ask students who were born in another country to describe their culture's mnemonics (e.g., How do they remember the colors of the rainbow, or the number of days in the month?). Also, ask students who are from different states in the nation, to describe unusual mnemonics (e.g., people in Michigan use the back of their left hand to indicate locations of areas within the state, and people in California generally know that major highways running north and south have odd numbers, while highways running east and west have even numbers.) 4. What is the importance of the magic number 7 plus or minus 2? How does this apply to everyday life? Ask how this knowledge can be applied to help the students study for tests? 5. Describe a study routine that is supported by memory research. What could students do to increase the likelihood of studied material resulting in long-term storage and easy retrieval? Have students compare this routine with the way they now study. Ask if they will try this research-supported method or continue with their current method. Why or why not? 6. Discuss the long-term effects of Alzheimer's disease in terms of patient care and personal loss. Do the students think there will be a cure in the near future? If so, what will it involve and from what branch of science will it emerge? Note: (The writing project for Chapter 7 -located at the end of this chapter section--also contains several questions that may be useful for class discussion.)   W eb S ites Shuffle Brain This site details brain and memory functions, with recent developments in these areas cited. The name of the site is derived from a salamander at the lab. NIH News Release: Human Memory Pinpointed Details on where human memory is located moment to moment. Suggests that spatial memory is reliant upon highly specialized neural circuitry. Demonstrations, Tutorials, & Class Materials Instructor’s Resource Guide Chapter 7            Page   222
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This site is maintained by Dr. Linda Walsh from the University of Northern Iowa. The site contains numerous links to web sites of interest for faculty and introductory psychology students. This site provides links to other memory oriented sites, and associated brain areas involved. Mind Tools: Memory Techniques and Mnemonics This page gives you access to powerful methods for significantly improving your memory. Elizabeth Loftus Homepage Contains links to books and articles by the number one authority on eyewitness testimony. Alzheimer's Association This is a great place to look for information on Alzheimer's disease.
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