What Strategies May Be Used to Enhance Memory?

What strategies may be used to enhance memory? Your initial response is due by Day 2.

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I have already studied the idea of short-term and long-term memory, according to Ebbinghaus. Ebbinghaus used his nonsense syllables, that is three letter words made of random letters, to deduce that short-term memory is limited to about 7 literary objects of this length (Kowalski, 2005). From chapter 5 it is clear that the short-term/long-term theory of memory is woefully inadequate. The Working Memory model seems to account better for the available data, however, I believe that Occam’s Razor plays havoc with the complexity of the model. Although I will admit that the proof of the model is methodologically rich. According to the Working Memory model, we can use the articulatory control process, as part of the phonological store, to literally rehearse auditory information as a way to permanently embed it in secondary memory. I have used this system before when I was in high school. That is how I memorized the multiplication table and that is how I memorized the Gettysburg Address. However, it is important to note that I still remember my multiplication tables, but I can only remember the first sentence of the Gettysburg address. According to the Working Memory model, this because of secondary memory stores information as meanings, rather than audio-linguistic information. So, it is possible for me to remember the rules of multiplication for a lifetime, but I can’t remember the chunks of the Gettysburg Address even today.   

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References

Kowalski, R., & Westen, D. (2005). Psychology (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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