Memories Of Memory And Memory Process Essay

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Any types of memories that involve strong emotions tend to leave a permanent marks in our system and all it takes is a moment. Yet, it takes more times to process general knowledge and experiences into our memories. General memories had to be pair up with effective retrieval cues in order to be more easier to access. While for memories associated with strong emotions, all we need is to witness a traumatic event. Psychologically, they are known as flashbulb memories. However, no matter how fascinating memories work; they are still our perspectives of reality. That’s why, even if flashbulb memories are more vivid and long lasting than other memories, it is still fallible.
Every piece of information we learn need to go through 3 stages of processes; which are encoding, storage, and retrieval. Encoding is the one of the most important factor of our memory process. It is defined as the initial experience of comprehending and learning events. According to the author of “Memory (Encoding, Storage, Retrieval)”, Kathleen B. McDermott and Henry L. Roediger III (2013), comments that, “details do not leap perfectly from the world into a person’s mind...but what we remember is (at best) what we encoded...the process of encoding is selective, and in complex situations, relatively few of many possible details are noticed and encoded” (para.11). What they are trying to point out is that our memory are not perfect. We select details that are more relevant and with distinctiveness to be…

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