Brain and the History of Memory

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Discussion 46

Chapters 5 and 6 in your text discuss several iconic experiments in memory that have helped us learn about our memory system. After reading about the experiments, select one of the optional articles featured in the module resources and provide a brief critique of the experiment and its application to the real world. You should be sure to discuss any problems with the methodology of the experiment or any problems with the interpretations of the results. Additionally, consider how the findings of the study can be applied to real-world issues. How could findings from the experiment be applied to develop policies or procedures to improve human memory in different professional settings? What strengths or weaknesses in human memory do the experiments highlight that would be important for professional disciplines?


Podcast: H.M.'s Brain and the History of Memory (10:31)
This podcast discusses the brain of H.M. and features interviews with several psychologists who worked with him, shedding light on how his case helped us understand more about memory. 

Library Article: Depth of Processing and the Retention of Words in Episodic Memory (Optional)
In this article, featured in a 1975 publication of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, the authors examine how depths of processing can influence memory for words. The results are discussed in terms of their implications for memory. 

Library Article: The Information Available in Brief Visual Presentations (Optional)
This article, published in a 1960 edition of Psychological Monographs: General and Applied, investigates sensory memory for visual stimuli using several experiments that briefly present visual information to subjects. 

Article: Make My Memory: How Advertising Can Change Our Memories of the Past (Optional)
In this 2002 article, the authors illustrate how false memories can be implanted through advertising.


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