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Outline and Evaluate the Working Memory Model

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Outline and Evaluate the MSM The Multiple Store Model has three distinct stores; Sensory Memory-SM; this is things that are going on around you that you sense, Short Term Memory- STM; this is a store for items that you remember for a short period of time and finally Long Term Memory- LTM; this stores items for a long period of time. Sensory Memory has a vast capacity of things that it can store; these can be things like noises outside, your temperature or hunger. The duration for this store is 50 milliseconds, this means that each item will only be stored for a very short period of time, but many can be stored. ...read more.


This allows you to process and store the memory for longer. This leads on to Short Term Memory, which has a duration of 18 seconds in the STM. Encoding for STM is ecoustic and visual, which means it is stored by sound and images in the brain. Its capacity is 7�2 items, so either between 5-9 items. The transfer of STM LTM is via rehearsal. This allows Short Term Memory items to be held for much longer period of time. LTM has an unlimited capacity and an unlimited duration. LTM is stored by semantic encoding. In 1960 Sperling conducted an experiment and found evidence to indicate the Sensory Memory. ...read more.


The LTM was tested for by Shepard, he showed Pps 612 memorable pictures, then an hour later they were shown a few of these and some others and showed almost perfect recognition. Four months later they were still able to remember 50% of the pictures. The primary and recency effects are when you remember the first and the last words of a list when recalled. The Primary effect comes from the LTM and the Recency effect comes from the STM. Clive Wearing suffered from a bad case of the Herpes virus that damages his hippocampus that transfers memory form the STM to the LTM. His case provides the idea of a separate STM and LTM. ...read more.

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