Introductory Psych

Chapter 7 Text Assignment

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  1. Construct an essay describing how the Information Processing Three Stage Memory Model explains how you are able to hear a lecture in class, process the information, and retain it in your memory, and then access the information for an exam.  You must include each of the following terms in your essay:

Sensory Memory                           Iconic Memory                                    Echoic Memory

Selective Attention                       Encoding                                             Decay

Duration                                        Capacity                                              Short Term Memory

Working Memory                         Visual Spatial Sketchpad                    Central Executive

Phonological Loop                       Maintenance Rehearsal                       Elaborative Rehearsal

Consolidation                                Long Term Memory                           Implicit Memory

Declarative Memory                     Nondeclarative Memory                     Explicit Memory

Autobiographical Memory            Procedural Memory                            Semantic Memory

Classical Conditioned Memory    Priming Memory                                 Episodic Memory

Retrieval                                        Retrieval Cues                                    Specific Cues

General Cues                                Recognition                                         Recall 

State Dependent Retrieval                        Encoding Specificity                           Mood Congruence     

Please underline and bold each key term.  Also please note that many of these terms are on the exam in an applied context.  Therefore, you need to know the meaning and application of each of the terms, and the duration and capacity of each memory stage.

  • What biological factors influence your memory function?
  • What is chunking, which specific memory can it help?
  • How can the deeper level processing theory help you become a better student?
  •  What is a flashbulb memory, and how does it apply to your life?
  • Explain the difference between anterograde and retrograde amnesia, and provide an example of each.
  • What are some of the main events and ages associated with higher risks of memory loss?
  • Describe Alzheimer’s Disease including the symptoms, risk factors, and biological mechanisms involved.
  • Explain Decay Theory.
  • Based on Interference theory, what is the difference between proactive and retroactive interference?
  • Explain how you personally apply massed practice and distributed practice as a student.  Which approach is better supported by the research?
  • What have you learned about false memories?