Memory Reliability Essay

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One of the most common issues today is memory reliability. It is not common knowledge for people to know how memories are formed, where they are stored, or how they are affected. Steven Prince and the other authors report prodigious examples describing how memories are constructed. “ The way a memory is formed is by neurons in one’s brain retaining information from a certain event and delivering it to the hippocampus. The hippocampus is located in the lateral ventricle of the brain, where emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system are found”(Prince 144). When this process is under way there are three stages a memory goes though to be complete. “These three stages are encoding, storage and retrieval”(Wright 6). In the first phase encoding …show more content…
The hippocampus begins to realize there are gaps in the memory and attempts to fix the issue. After the memory is stored that last phase happens, this phase is called the retrieval. This part of the memory, constructing process happens when the memory needs to be recalled. This is the course a memory takes in order to be formed; the brain always has the chance to miss information and form an unreliable memory. Inside the hippocampus, there are four different types of memory: “ Episodic memory, which is memories of personal experiences of past events and semantic memory which is one’s general knowledge of the world” (144). There is also ionic memory, which are memories one sees with his eyes and echoic memory, which is memory that has been heard using auditory senses. These are senses that one uses every day in order to function and collect information from their surroundings. With these four ways of constructing a memory (ionic, echoic, episodic, and semantic), many complications can arise from missing information during the building process to brain diseases such as amnesia and schizophrenia, this can cause one’s memory to be questioned and thus become

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