How can memory be improved by use of mental images, concepts and schemas which help to organise thinking?

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How can memory be improved by use of mental images, concepts and schemas which help to organise thinking?

I am going to write about how we as human beings process memories and how our brain works in order to complete this process. This essay will discuss how people process memories and how the brain works… (see comment at the end of this section )

I will explain how our memory can develop by organising thinking which includes using mental images and what we see to achieve this, how we understand and relate to images more than writing. Concepts and schemas are also part of the memory process which helps us to remember things.

Organising and structure of our thoughts creates our memories for example the different types of thoughts we have are as follows:

  • Episodic which relates to your personal past experiences. We would use this type of memory to remember events such as your favourite park or when your dad came on holiday for the only time in your lifetime.

  • Semantic which relates to our factual memory. We would use this type of memory to remember that the first lady prime minister in the UK was Margaret Thatcher and that the Battle of Hastings was in 1066.

  • Procedural which relates to how we do things. We would use this type of memory to remember knowledge of how to complete an aspect of your job and how to swim or ice-skate.

All of the above form into memories and there a three different types which are as follows:

  • Encoding which relates to processing the information we receive
  • Storing which relates to the memories stored somewhere in our brain where we can retrieve them
  • Retrieval which relates to thinking about a memory and being able to relive it

I can see here that you have read and understood the course materials which is a great start. When it comes to putting these in to an essay there are a couple of areas that you need to work on. Please don’t be alarmed by this as it is about taking what you have here, editing it and putting it in to the right format. This is not as daunting as it sounds because you have it all here. The first thing to recognise is that an introduction should be about giving some background to the question and setting the scene of the main body. They are usually about 10% of the overall word count – 100 words in this case. Yours is over 250 words and therefore can be edited to pull out the main points. Also in an academic piece of writing you should write in continuous prose (full sentences) rather than using bullet points and headings. Again, another thing that is quite straightforward to change. Also when writing an essay it is appropriate to avoid using the first person ‘I’, ‘we’, ‘our’ etc. and instead to use objective language such as ‘it can be said’, ‘arguably’, ‘therefore’ and so on. I have amended the first sentence above to show how you can reword it using objective language. I have provided an example of an introduction for this essay.

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Memory is part of the brains function and can be separated in to three different types. Iconic thought is when the brain and memory uses images to aid recall; semantic memory is the most common type of memory and it uses words for recall and finally there is the episodic memory which uses events for recall. Memory strategies can be used by the brain to aid and improve recall; three such strategies are mental images, concepts and schemas which will be examined in further detail, with supporting evidence, below.

What are mental images?

Firstly to consider that ...

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