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Overview of Memory Research. Modal Memory Model. Basic Distinctions. STM short term memory limited capacity limited duration holding available recent and relevant information in a temporary store LTM long term memory unlimited storage relatively permanent

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basic distinctions
Basic Distinctions
  • STM
    • short term memory
      • limited capacity
      • limited duration
      • holding available recent and relevant information in a temporary store
  • LTM
    • long term memory
      • unlimited storage
      • relatively permanent
      • store for episodic and semantic memory
modal model of memory atkinson shiffrin 1968
Modal Model of Memory(Atkinson & Shiffrin, 1968)

Short-term memory 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

Probability of encoding in LTM directly related to time in STM

a memory test
a memory test...

TABLE

CANDLE

MAPLE

SUBWAY

PENCIL

COFFEE

TOWEL

SOFTBALL

CURTAIN

PLAYER

KITTEN

DOORKNOB

FOLDER

CONCRETE

RAILROAD

DOCTOR

SUNSHINE

LETTER

TURKEY

HAMMER

serial position effects
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 effect

Serial Position Effects

nodistractor task

distractor task

serial position effects7
Explanation from Modal Memory Model:

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 memory

Serial Position Effects
levels of processing craik lockhart 1972
Levels of Processing(Craik & Lockhart, 1972)

Modal Memory Model  time in rehearsal buffer determines memory strength

Levels of processing effect:

The way information is processed affects recall. Deeper levels of processing (e.g., emphasizing meaning)

leads to better recall  encoding effect

encoding specificity principle
Encoding Specificity Principle
  • Recollection performance depends upon the interaction between the properties of the encoded event and the properties of the retrieval information
  • Example:
    • context dependent effects: information learned in a particular context is better recalled if recall takes place in the same context
godden baddeley 1975
Godden & Baddeley (1975)

Memory experiment with deep-sea divers

  • Deep-sea divers learned words either on land or underwater
  • They then recalled the words either on land or underwater
mood congruence
Mood Congruence
  • Easier to remember happy memories in a happy state and sad memories in a sad state.
  • Teasdale & Russell (1983): subjects study positive or negative words in normal state. Test in positive or negative induced states.

 mood primes certain memory contents

state dependent recall
State-dependent recall
  • Does physical state matter?
  • Eich et al. (1975): study while smoking normal or marijuana cigarette. Test words under same or different physical condition
spacing effects
Spacing effects
  • Memory is better for repeated information if repetitions occur spaced over time than if they occur massed, one after another.
  • Experiment: study 48 words, 24 of which are repeated. Spacing interval varied from 1,2,4,8,20 to 40 presentations.
  • Results: better memory for items with greater spacing.
  • Explanation based on encoding specificity principle: spaced items can be encoded in multiple ways  more likely to be retrieved

Melton & Schulman, 1970

views on short term memory
Views on Short-Term memory
  • Miller’s memory span (7 ± 2 discrete slots)
  • Short-term memory = activated long-term memory
  • Baddeley’s theory of working memory
    • Set of slave systems rehearsing and “working” on information
  • Working memory capacity
    • Measures focus of attention with distracting tasks
baddeley s working memory theory
Baddeley’s working memory theory
  • Concept of working memory: brief, immediate memory of material we are currently processing
  • Working memory is not a passive store-house such as short-term memory – it is more like a work bench where material is constantly handled, combined and transformed

Visuo-spatial

sketchpad

Phonological Loop

Central Executive

Long-term memory

phonological loop a k a articulatory loop
Phonological Loop(a.k.a. articulatory loop)
  • Stores a limited number of sounds – number of words is limited by pronunciation time, not number of items
  • Experiment:
    • List 1: “Burma, Greece, Tibet, Iceland, Malta, Laos”
    • List 2: “Switzerland, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Philippines, Madagascar”
    • Typical results: list 1  4.2 words list 2  2.8 words
phonological similarity
Note: most working memory tasks involve serial recall

Short-term memory worse for phonologically similar items  interference in phonological loop

Phonological Similarity

man mad

cap

can

map

pen

rig

day

bar

cup

big

huge

broad

long

tall

old

late

thin

wet

hot

(Baddeley, 1966)

reading rate determines serial recall
Reading rate determines serial recall
  • Baddeley (1986) tested recall for five words varying from 1 to 5 syllables.
    • 1 syllable:wit, sum, harm, bay, top
    • 5 syllables:university, opportunity, aluminum, constitutional, auditorium
  • Reading rate seems to determine recall performance
  • Phonological loop stores 1.5 - 2 seconds worth of words
working memory and language differences
Different languages have different #syllables per digit

Therefore, recall for numbers should be different across languages

E.g. memory for English number sequences is better than than Spanish or Arabic sequences

Working memory and Language Differences

(Naveh-Benjamin & Ayres, 1986)

problems with baddeley s theory23
Problems with Baddeley’s theory
  • Even with long delays, memory span does not decrease much
  • Underspecified processes and representation
    • Serial recall requires memory for the order of items  how is order information stored?
    • How does central executive work?
    • How does interference in phonological loop work?
are there multiple ltm memory systems
Are there multiple LTM memory systems?
  • How do you learn a new skill?
  • How do you learn a new fact?
  • How about learning about an event?
  • Is there one long-term memory (LTM) system for these types of knowledge or are there multiple LTM systems?
squire s taxonomy of memory
Squire’s Taxonomy of memory

MEMORY

EXPLICIT

IMPLICIT

SEMANTIC

(facts)

EPISODIC

(events)

PRIMING

(perceptual,

semantic)

PROCEDURAL

(skills)

implicit and explicit memory
Implicitand explicit memory
  • Implicit memory:

past experiences influence perceptions, thoughts & actions without awareness that any info from past is accessed

  • Explicit memory:

conscious access to info from the past

(“I remember that..” )

-> involves conscious recollection

-> term often used synonymously with episodic memory

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Explicit & Implicit MEMORY TESTS

Look at the following words. I will test your memory for these words in various ways.

slide29

SPONGE CANDY DOLPHIN

PACKAGE POSTER LICORICE

ZEBRA SECTION CAMOFLAGE

MISTAKE PORTAL KNAPSACK

COFFEE QUAIL ALPINE

HANDLE PANTRY CARPET

EAGER CELLO PRESSURE

LLAMA ORIOLE ACRID

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EXPLICIT TEST OF MEMORY: RECALL

WRITE DOWN THE WORDS YOU REMEMBER FROM THE LIST IN THE EARLIER SLIDE

IMPLICIT TEST OF MEMORY: WORD FRAGMENTS

ON THE NEXT SLIDE, YOU WILL SEE SOME WORDS MISSING LETTERS, SOME “WORD FRAGMENTS” AND SOME ANAGRAMS. GUESS WHAT EACH WORD MIGHT BE.

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EGNOPS *AN*Y *OL*H**

PACKAGE P*S*E* LICORICE

*E*RA SE*T*O* C**O*LA*E

*I*TA*E PORTAL KNAPSACK

COFFEE *U*IL AEILNP

*AN*LE *A*T*Y ACEPRT

*A*E* C*L** *RE*S**E

AALLM EILOOR *C*ID

implicit memory tasks
Implicit Memory Tasks
  • Word-fragment completion is an implicit memory task.Fragments are (often) completed with words previously studied in the absence of an explicit instruction to remember the word
  • Amnesiacs often showed spaired implicit memory  dissociation suggest different systems for implicit and explicit memory systems
hm amnesic
HM: Amnesic
  • Severe epilepsy, treated with surgery to bilaterally remove medial temporal lobes, including hippocampus
  • Operation 9/1953, 27 years old

HIPPOCAMPUSMEDIAL TEMPORAL LOBES

hm amnesic34
HM: Amnesic

Operation 9/1953, 27 years old

  • Tested 4/1955, age 29
    • Reported date as 3/1953, age of 27
    • No memories since operation
    • IQ better than pre-op (112)
    • Fewer seizures
hm amnesic35
HM: Amnesic
  • Profound failure to create new memories
    • Can’t find new home (after 10 mos.)
    • Can’t remember new people, names, tasks
    • Events/People since operation
    • Language essentially frozen in 50’s
    • Exceptions: Ayatollah, rock ‘n roll
hm amnesic36
HM: Amnesic
  • Mirror tracing task, Milner, 1965
hm amnesic37
HM: Amnesic

Mirror tracing task, Milner, 1965

  • improvement in H.M.
  • no conscious recollection of previous training episodes
hm stem completion
HM: Stem-completion

Graf et al. (1984):

Study: word list (table, garden,umbrella)

Test:

- free recall

- cued recall: complete word stem with word from study list

umb____ ??

- word stem completion: complete word stem with first word that comes to mind

gar___??

hm stem completion39
HM: Stem-Completion
  • Free Cued Completion
  • Recall Recall
  • HM: No memory for studying of list
spared implicit memory in anterograde amnesia
Spared implicit memory in anterograde amnesia
  • Claparede study (1911).
    • Patient never remembered having met Claparede (doctor) before
    • Claparade offers handshake with pin hidden in his hand
    • Next time, patient has no explicit memory of painful event (or doctor)
    • Still, patient refuses to shake hands and offers explanation: “sometimes pins are hidden in people’s hands”
implicit explicit memory with normals
Implicit/ Explicit Memory with Normals
  • Jacoby (1983)
  • Study conditions:
    • generate: give antonym to hot - ...
    • context: study word in context hot - COLD
    • no context: ... - COLD
  • At test:
    • Explicit memory test: recognition memory
    • Implicit Memory test: Speed up on perceptual identification test: how much faster can you identify a word flashed 40ms on screen when you have studied word before?
how well do people recall events
How well do people recall events?
  • Memory is not just reproductive
    • We do not recall the original event exactly
  • Memory for events is often reconstructive
    • We construct a memory by combining elements from the event with our existing knowledge.
memory for details vs gist
Memory for Details vs. Gist
  • Memory is better for meaningful, significant features than for details of language or perception, suggesting that we have knowledge representations based on our interpretations of meaning.
  • Representation for meaning
    • Propositional representations
    • Semantic Networks
    • Schemas
    • Scripts
    • Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA)
evidence for schema s
Evidence for Schema’s

A simple demonstration experiment

I am going to show you a picture of a graduate student’s office. Just take a look at it for a while

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Now write down all the things you can remember

Potential responses:

Chairs

Desk

Table

Boxes

Bottle of wine

Picnic basket

Books

Skull

Brewer & Treyens (1981): 30% of subjects (falsely) recalled that books were present

story retelling involves schemas
Story Retelling involves Schemas
  • Bartlett (1932) told a native American story “war of the ghosts” to one subject
  • This subject tells story to the next subject, and so on (method ofserial reproduction)
  • What happens during retelling of story from memory?
war of the ghosts
War of the Ghosts

[excerpt] One night two young men from Egulac went down to the river to hunt seals and while they were there it became foggy and calm. Then they heard war-cries, and they thought: "Maybe this is a war-party". They escaped to the shore, and hid behind a log. Now canoes came up, and they heard the noise of paddles, and saw one canoe coming up to them. There were five men in the canoe, and they said: ....

typical results
Typical Results
  • Gist remains intact -- the main plot and sequence of events
  • Omission Errors
    • Quite a bit of material is omitted (e.g. the name Egulac) and minor events
  • Normalization Errors
    • Additional info was added to make the story more coherent
    • As Ss recalled/retold the story more and more, it tended to warp over time.
memory for event sequences
Memory for Event Sequences
  • John was hungry
  • He went into a restaurant and ordered a sandwich
  • He paid his bill and left

Question: Did John eat his sandwich? From whom did he order a sandwich? What was the bill for?

None of the answers is stated in the sentences but are based on inferences

scripts
Scripts
  • Inferences are based on representations for stereotyped sequences of actions  scripts
  • A restaurant script:
evidence for scripts
Evidence for Scripts
  • Bower et al. (1979)
  • Ss. study a sequence of events
  • when an event is out of order, Ss might correct the order to the stereotypical order

E.g., restaurant story where bill is paid first is remembered in correct order (bill is paid last)

  • Some events are (incorrectly) filled in based on inference
  • Suggests: Events encoded with respect to general script
schemas scripts implications
Schemas & Scripts: Implications
  • Information from specific events is combined with general knowledge
    • Experience shapes scripts
    • Scripts guide recall
  • Advantages & Disadvantages