The Study of memory

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  • This program introduces the basic terms used in the study of memory such as encoding and storage and retrieval, and looks briefly at the historical ideas about memory. Modern theories are explained using diagrams and real-life examples, and the program then goes on to discuss current research in the area of everyday memory. The reasons for forgetting are explored and the biological basis of memory outlined. In addition, the program examines ways of improving memory. The program emphasizes the radical shift from laboratory-based research to the study of memory in everyday life. The program also includes eight exercises for viewers to take part in, including memory tests and a video clip of a robbery to test recall for eyewitness testimony.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • Three Kinds of Memory (3:34) -- Memory Processes (2:05) -- Storage and Recall (2:41) -- Study of Memory (3:10) -- Fredrick Bartlett (4:44) -- Stages of Memory (2:57) -- Short-Term Memory Exercise (2:08) -- Chunking Exercise (5:01) -- Transfer of Information (2:43) -- Parallel Distributed Processing (3:12) -- Default Assignments (3:13) -- Amnesia and the PDP Model (2:08) -- Working Memory Model (3:39) -- Everyday Memory (4:28) -- Eyewitness Memories (3:46) -- Autobiographical Memory (2:47) -- Theories of Forgetting (7:32) -- Memory and Changes in the Brain (3:36) -- Practical Uses of Memory Theory (3:06) -- Mnemonic Devices (3:46) -- Organization and Categorization (2:22)
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