Declarative Memory Process

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Over the course of our lifetimes, we encounter millions of experiences that we unfortunately will never be able to remember after they pass. Through the rapid growth and use of technology, companies and scientists have teamed together to create products that replicate the human memory process. These companies aim to increase over all life satisfaction by providing their consumers with products that allow for retrieval of their favorite memories through digital memory, rather than declarative memory processes. Two separate processes – semantic and episodic memory– make up our declarative memory and allow us to recall information. Through our semantic memory, we are able to refer to general facts, ideas, and concepts that we have obtained over …show more content…
Each form of memory differs on capacity, length of storage, and flow of information. Sensory memory, the shortest memory, is the ability to retain sensory information through the five senses. These memories decay rapidly within 2 seconds and are often ignored, due to lack of attention. Through deliberate attention, our sensory memory has the opportunity to be stored within our short-term memory. Our working memory is responsible for processing memories that involve reasoning, comprehension, and learning. Although similar to short-term memory, working memory is responsible for memory updating, which allows for temporarily storing and manipulation. Miller (1956) found that the capacity for working memory is typically 7+/-2 items. Through elaborate rehearsal, our working memory can be encoded into our long-term memory, rather than displaced within 15 seconds. In the final stage of the model, an infinite amount of memories are permanently stored with our long-term memory to be recalled and reconsolidated at any point in …show more content…
If someone fails to recall an event or a fact and attempts to search through it using a memory tool, they may experience hindsight bias. Based on the individual differences between episodic memory and semantic memory compared to memory tools, there are many differences in retrieval processes, storage processes, and how these both affect our ability to recall information. I believe that as technology advances, there will be new products that replicate the human memory system in order to help increase our memory, rather than replace

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