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Memory - Psychology Definition of the Week

By December 20, 2013

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"Memory is the diary we all carry about with us," Oscar Wilde once said, but memory is more than just a mental diary of our lives. Memory refers not just to retaining information, but also to the process of acquiring, storing, and later retrieving this information. Several different theories have been been proposed to explain the process, but one of the most popular breaks memory down into three separate stages: sensory, short-term, and long-term.

Learn more about the structure and organization of memory.

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