Many people don’t know it but the memory of a human is more complex than thought to be. The memory can be divided into three stores which are Sensory, Short term and Long term. There are also two processes which are Attention and Rehearsal. I will be looking at these sections closely to help explain the human memory. I will also be looking at past experiments which will help me support my theory.

     The Sensory stores are made up of three parts- Visual sensory memory, Acoustic sensory memory, touch, smell and motor information. If the information is not attended to then it can decay. The sensory information is the environmental input which is kept for two seconds in the sensory store.

     One of the other stores is the short term memory store which is used to hold information which is passed in by the sensory stores and that is where the information can be held for seven seconds with out rehearsal or repetition. The short term memory has very limited capacity and duration and also rehearses information acoustically (acoustic encoding). If this did not take place then we could not place the information into the long term memory after the rehearsal of the word or the digit. With all this there is a bad point to the short term memory which is that the information can be lost through interference, displacement and distraction. All this information is only forgotten in the short term memory store.

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     The other store is the long term memory which can hold sufficient rehearsed information. The information is considered and stored in a meaningful way organised in terms of its meaning. Like the short term memory the long term memory also can lose information. The short term can be lost through trace decay, interference and displacement. This can only be lost in the long term memory.

     These three stores are like in a cycle because if the sensory store was not there then the information from the environment input would not be transferred into the short ...

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