Chapter 7 Memory

Session Overview

How good is your memory? What different types of memory do we have? What kind of factors can affect how we retain certain information in our memory? During this session, we will explore steps by which we create and store memories and the different categories of memories.Keywords: memory, flashbulb memories, short and long term memory, proactive and retroactive interference

Session Activities


Read the following before watching the lecture video.

One of the following textbook chapters:


Further Study

These optional resources are provided for students that wish to explore this topic more fully.

Summary videos of the chapters: Watch 9 for this chapter

MIT Psych 101 video lecture on Memory

MIT Psych 101 video lecture on Memory Part 2 Amnesia


False Memories Video

Crash Course Memories: Remember that guy from 300? What was his name? ARG!!! It turns out our brains make and recall memories in different ways. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank talks about the way we do it, what damaging that process can do to us, and that guy… with the face and six pack…

Crash course Remembering and Forgetting: how we remember and forget things, why our memories are fallible, and the dangers that can pose.

Podcast Audio podcast: “Limits of the Mind.” From “Limits,” Radiolab season 7, episode 3 (2010). 19 minute segment on the limits of human memory, including more on the case of mnemonist “S” studied by A. R. Luria (as discussed in this lecture).
Article Trafton, A. “3 Questions: John Gabrieli on studying traumatic memories.” MIT News Office, Sept. 9, 2011. Prof. Gabrieli discusses a large-scale studyon how people remember the 9/11 attacks, and what that tells us about memories of emotionally significant events.
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