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What are schemas/schemata and how do they effect memory?

Cognitive structures or frameworks influencing how we perceive; mental models of the world. Memory tends to be biased to conform with our schemata.


What is eidetic memory?

The ability to retain a mental picture of something even after it is removed. More common in children than adults. A.k.a., photographic memory.


What is the encoding specificity hypothesis?

The closer the relationship between encoding, storage, and retrieval of memory, the better the recall. A.k.a., encoding-retrieval interaction, transfer-appropriate processing, and state-dependent memory.


What are context dependence and state dependence?

Part of the encoding specificity hypothesis. Context dependence refers to memory recall being aided by similarity of learning and retrieval environments. State dependence refers to memory recall being aided by similarity of emotional state. Similarity in physical state (influence of drugs) and sensory modality (learned verbally, recalled verbally) also affect recall.


What is overlearning?

Practice of material to be remembered beyond the point of mastery. Best for simple tasks that have little inherent meaning, e.g., multiplication tables.


Name two theories of forgetting.

Decay, suggesting that memories fade with disuse; useful for short-term memory, but not popular otherwise. Interference, suggesting that competing experiences produce memory loss; two types, retroactive and proactive.


What is retroactive interference in memory?

A new experience interferes with recall of an earlier one.


What is proactive interference?

Previous learning interferes with new learning.


What is memory repression?

A dynamic and unconscious process in which recall of an experience, esp. a trauma, is inhibited due to its inherent pain. Evidence that this can occur in some victims of sexual abuse was found by Loftus and colleagues (1994).


What are false memories?

Incorrect memory constructs of actual memories with externally sourced suggestions.


What is the misinformation effect?

Incorporation of incorrect or inaccurate information received after an event into memory of that event. Susceptibility to misinformation is inversely related to one's ability to notice descrepancies.


What influences susceptibility to misinformation?

Susceptibility to misinformation increases as passage of time and length of retention increase. Young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to misinformation. Misinformation given close to testing tends to be more misleading than misinformation given close to the event. Awareness that post-information may be incorrect can reduce susceptibility by increasing vigilance for discrepancies.


Define attention.

Cognitive process by which one selects environmental information or actively processes information from internal sources.


What is selective attention?

Ability to focus on one event while filtering out irrelevant events.


What is the cocktail party phenomenon?

A characteristic of selective attention in which hearing your name will still get your attention, even while focusing on a conversation.


What is sustained attention?

Ability to direct and focus cognitive activity on specific stimuli over an extended period.


What is divided attention?

Ability to focus on more than one event simultaneously.


What is change blindness?

Difficulty in perceiving major changes to unattended-to aspect of something when they are introduced during brief interruptions in presentation of the thing in question.


What is exogenous attention?

Attraction of attention by an external stimulus by properties of that stimulus, e.g., sudden appearance. A bottom-up process, not under conscious control.


What is endogenous attention?

Attentional effort on the part of the individual attending. A top-down process, consciously directed.


What is feature integration theory?

The process by which a thing is perceived as a whole, rather than its features (like color, shape, etc.). Features are processed rapidly and in parallel in a way that does not require focused attention. The object, however, entails serial processing and integration of its features.


Define automaticity.

Ability to chunk or move data between working and long-term memory rapidly and efficiently enough to require no attention. Developed through overlearning.


What are some advantages of automaticity?

Long-term retention of associated skills, robust performance under stress, low effort of performance.


What are some of the limitations of automaticity?

Extended time for acquisition, little memory modification or new learning, difficulty of conscious control, difficulty of conscious analysis/understanding/explanation, difficulty of modification/suppression.


At what age does metacognition become possible?

Early adolescence, conjunct with Piaget's formal operation stage.