Neurary Memory: The Importance Of Sensory Memory

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Sensory memory is our mind’s capability to preserve information experienced by our senses after the encounter has finished. An average human’s five senses of hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste are used to guide us through experiences we may want to repeat or avoid in our lifetime. Long-term memory will last a life-time, short-term memory will last a minute, but sensory memory may last less than a second and usually passes by (Mastin, 2010). Sensory memory is as involuntary as breathing or blinking, but our minds retain some of the sensations as knowledge for future occurrences. Certain conditions can emerge, or probe, a memory. All of our senses are can be used as memory probes. These probes have the control to bring a memory to our awareness …show more content…
Even if we are not physically confronted with a situation we can recreate it with our sensory memories, such as eating an apple. You can recreate how an apple tastes, the crunching sound of biting into it, the smell of the sweet juice, how the apple’s appearance looks, and how it feels to hold it. Recreating these scenarios from sensory memories is a tactic our minds use to process functions of all kinds.
Each sense is connected to its own branch of sensory memory. For sight there is iconic memory which is how the mind holds onto a vision. For sounds and hearing there is echoic memory and it is how we remember a sound we recently heard. Haptic memory is the part of sensory memory where touch is stored. Gustatory cortex is where our mind perceives taste. Regarding smells, the olfactory blub and cortex are intensely connected with memories. (Mastin,
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The olfactory bulb is next to the hippocampus. The hippocampus is located deep within the brain, Stafford describes the hippocampus as “a convergence point for information arriving from all over the rest of the cortex. Neuroscientists have identified the hippocampus as crucial for creating new memories for events.” (Stafford, 2012). Since the hippocampus and olfactory bulb are closely located, the sense of smell does not need to be processed by the thalamus. The activity of hearing and sight is right at the senses organs, ears and eyes, and then get processed through the thalamus and then to the other parts of the brain (Stafford,

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