What is acquisition

Reisberg:  Chapter  6—The  Acquisition  of  Memories  and  the  Working-­‐‑Memory   System

•   What  is  acquisition?       •   What  is  storage?   •   What  is  retrieval?   •   Describe  the  information  processing  view  of  memory,  and  the  components  of

the  Modal  Model  of  Memory.   •   Describe  the  Serial  Position  curve.    Define  the  primacy  effect  and  recency

effect?    Why  do  we  see  the  primacy  effect  and  recency  effect  (also   demonstrated  in  one  of  the  Workbook  assignments  this  week)?

•   What  is  the  function  of  working  memory?    What  is  the  capacity  of  working   memory?

•   Discuss  the  working  memory  system  (the  central  executive,  visuo-­‐‑spatial   buffer,  and  articulatory  rehearsal  loop).

•   Compare/Contrast  maintenance  rehearsal  and  elaborative  rehearsal.   •   Describe  Depth  (or  Levels)  of  Processing.   •   Why  do  mnemonics  improve  memory?

Reisberg:  Chapter  7—Interconnections  Between  Acquisition  and  Retrieval

(Pages  223-­‐‑252)

•   What  is  context-­‐‑dependent  learning?   •   Why  does  reinstating  the  context  improve  memory?   •   Define  encoding  specificity  (also  demonstrated  in  one  of  the  Workbook

assignments  this  week).   •   Describe  a  basic  memory  network  (nodes,  links,  and  spreading  activation).

According  to  this  account  of  memory:  (1)  why  are  retrieval  cues  helpful?    (2)   Why  does  reinstating  the  context  improve  memory?,  and  (3)  How  does   semantic  priming  work?

•   Distinguish  between  explicit  and  implicit  memory.   •   Describe  the  two  types  of  explicit  memory  and  the  four  types  of  implicit

memory  outlined  in  Figure  7.13

Reisberg:  Chapter  8—Remembering  Complex  Events

•   What  is  an  intrusion  error?   •   Describe  the  DRM  procedure.    Why  does  this  procedure  lead  to  false

memories  (demonstrated  in  the  ZAPS  this  week)?   •   What  is  a  schema?    How  can  relying  on  a  schema  produce  a  false  memory?   •   What  is  the  impact  of  using  leading  questions  (Loftus  and  Palmer,  1974)?   •   Is  confidence  a  good  indicator  of  accuracy?    Why  or  why  not?   •   Describe  the  following  causes  of  forgetting:  (1)  decay,  (2)  interference

theory,  and  (3)  retrieval  failure.



•   What  is  autobiographical  memory?   •   Describe  the  self-­‐‑reference  effect.   •   How  does  emotion  influence  memory?   •   What  is  a  flashbulb  memory?    Are  they  accurate?   •   What  is  the  reminiscence  bump?

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