Memory (1) . Atkinson & Shiffrin (1968) Model of Memory. Visual Sensory Store. It appears that our visual system is able to hold a great deal of information but that if we do not attend to this information it will be rapidly lost. Sperling (1960)
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Mean number of words reported
Delay of cue (in seconds)
Short-term memory (STM) is a limited capacity store for information -- place to rehearse new information from sensory buffers
Items need to be rehearsed in short-term memory before entering long-term memory (LTM)
Probability of encoding in LTM directly related to time in STM
In free recall, more items are recalled from start of list (primacy effect) and end of the list (recency effect)
Distractor task (e.g. counting) after last item removes recency effectSerial Position Effects
Early items can be rehearsed more often
more likely to be transferred to long-term memory
Last items of list are still in short-term memory (with no distractor task)
they can be read out easily from short-term memorySerial Position Effects
Peterson and Peterson (1959)
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Articulatory control process
Immediate word recall as a function of modality of presentation (visual vs. auditory), presence vs. absence of articulatory suppression, and word length.
Baddeley et al. (1975).
Different languages have different #syllables per digit presentation (visual vs. auditory), presence vs. absence of articulatory suppression, and word length.
Therefore, recall for numbers should be different across languages
E.g. memory for English number sequences is better than Spanish or Arabic sequencesWorking memory and Language Differences
(Naveh-Benjamin & Ayres, 1986)
Levels of processing effect:
Deeper levels of processing (e.g., emphasizing meaning)
leads to better recall.
Memory experiment with deep-sea divers
mood primes certain memory contents
Why do we forget?
proportion of items classified with confidence levels:
confidence rating 4 3 2 1
studied items .75 .11 .09 .05
unrelated .00 .02 .18 .80
critical lure .58 .26 .08 .08
False recognition of words not presented in four groups of women with lists containing eight associates.
Clancy et al. (2000)
Cued recall as a function of the number of times the cues had been presented before for recall (respond condition) or for suppression (suppress condition).Inhibitory mechanisms in Forgetting
Anderson and Green (2001)