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Memory - Retreival, Forgetting and Other Memory Topics

Have you ever wondered how you manage to remember minor details or why you always seem to forget names? Explore some of the links below to learn more about how memory works as well as steps you can take to improve your own memory.

What Is Memory?
Memory involves the process of acquiring, storing, and recalling information. Learn more about what memory is, how it works, and how it is organized.

Memory Retrieval
Once information has been encoded and stored in memory, it must be retrieved in order to be used. Learn more about memory retrieval as well as possible problems with this process.

Memory Improvement Tips
Cognitive psychologists have discovered a number of techniques to help improve memory. Learn more about some of these strategies and how you can apply these memory tips to your own studies.

10 Facts About Memory
Our memory helps make us who we are. From fondly recollecting childhood events to remembering where we left our keys, memory plays a vital role in every aspect of our lives. It provides us with a sense of self and makes up our continual experience of life. Learn more in these ten fun and fascinating facts about memory.

Forgetting: When Memory Fails
Forgetting can occur for many reasons, including the simple failure to retrieve information from long-term memory. Learn more about forgetting and research into how and why memory sometimes fails.

4 Explanations for Forgetting
Why do we forget information we have learned in the past? There are four basic explanations for why forgetting occurs: retrieval failure, interference, failure to store and motivated forgetting. Learn more about these explanations for why we forget.

What Is Short-Term Memory?
Short-term memory is also known as active or primary memory. Learn more about short-term memory, including how long it lasts and how it differs from working memory.

What Is Long-Term Memory?
Long-term memory refers to the continuing storage of information. Learn more about the duration and types of long-term memory...

New Research on the Tip of the Tongue Phenomenon
Have you ever been asked a question that you know the answer to, but found yourself struggling to think of the correct word? New research suggests that the more time you spend trying to remember a word on the tip of your tongue actually makes it more likely that you'll struggle with the word again in the future.

Share Your Favorite Memory Techniques
What are your favorite memory techniques? Are there and strategies that work best for you? Share your ideas and learn more about some of the techniques that other readers have suggested.

Implicit and Explicit Memory
Implicit and explicit memory are two different types of memory that represent different ways to remembering information. Learn more about the differences between these types of memory.

20 Ways to Improve Your Memory
Readers share some of their best tips for improving your memory. Learn how other people use chunking, association, and mnemonics to remember important information.

Sleep After Learning Can Enhance Your Memory
If you are learning something new, try getting a good night's sleep. One study reveals the pivotal role that sleep plays in the learning and memory formation process.

How Do False Memories Form?
False memories are surprisingly common, but they can have dire consequences. Learn more about how these false, misleading, and inaccurate memories form.

The Consequences of False Memories
False memories have been in the news a lot in recent years, but just what sort of impact do these incorrect memories have on our lives? Learn more.

7 Common Memory Mistakes
Our memories make us who we are, but anyone who has ever forgotten a name or date knows that memory isn't perfect. Learn about the 7 mistakes memory makes.

What Is the Misinformation Effect?
The things we learn after an event can interfere or alter our original memories of the event itself, which experts refer to as the misinformation effect.

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