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33 Cards in this Set

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flashbulb memory
a clear memory of an emotionally significant moment or event
the processing of information into the memory system-for example, by extracting meaning
the retention of encoding information over time
the process of getting information out of memory storage
sensory memory
the intermediate, very brief recording of sensory information in the memory system
short-term memory
activated memory that holds a few items briefly, such as the seven digits of a phone number while dialing, before the information is stored or forgotten
long-term memory
the relatively permanent and limitless storehouse of the memory system. Includes knowledge, skills, and experiences.
working memory
a newer understanding of short-term memory that involves conscious, active processing of incoming auditory and visual-spatial information, and of information retrieved from long-term memory
automatic processing
unconscious encoding of incidental information, such as space, time, and frequency, and of well-learned information, such as word meanings.
effortful processing
encoding that requires attengion and conscious effort
the conscious repetition of information, either to maintain it in consciousness or to encode it for storage
spacing effect
the tendency for distributed study or practice to yield better longterm retention than is achieved through massed study of practice
serial position effect
our tendency to recall best the last and first items in a list
visual encoding
the encoding of picture images
acoustic encoding
the encoding of sound, especially the sound of words
semantic encoding
the encoding of meaning, including the meaning of words
mental pictures, a powerful aid to efforful processing, especially when combined with semantic encoding
memory aids, especially those techniques that use vivid imagery and oragizational devices
organizing items into familiar, mageable units, often occurs automatically
iconic memory
a momentary sensory memory of visual stimuli; a photographic or picture-image memory lasting no more than a few tenths of a second
echoic memory
a momentary sensory memory of auditory stimuli; if attention is elsewhere, sounds and words can still be recalled within 3 or 4 seconds.
the loss of memory
implicit memory
retention independent of conscious recollection
explicit memory
memory of facts and experiences that one can consciously know and 'declare'
a neural center that is located in the limbic system and hleps process explicit memories for storage
a measure or memory in which the person must retrieve information leaned ealier, as on a fill-in-the-blank test
a measure of memory in which the person need only identify items previously learned, as on a multiple choice test
a memory measure that assesses the amount of time saved when learning material for a second time
mood-congruent memory
the tendency to recall expereinces that are consistent with one's current good or bad mood
proactive interface
the disruptive effect of prior learning on the recall of new information
retroactive interface
the disruptive effect of new learning on the recall of old information
in psychoanalytic theory, the basic defense mechanism that banishes from consciousness anxiety -arousing thoughts, feelings, and memories
source amnesia
attributing to the wrong source an event we have experienced, heard about, read about, or imagined