Chapter 7 : Human Memory - Important Questions and Answers

List of Questions and Answers

1.In the experiment on forgetting when the subject is asked to recall words from list 1, s/he can recall words from the list 2. Identify the kind of interference.
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Ans: proactive (forward moving)

2.Give two points of difference between Episodic and Semantic memory.
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Episodic Memory Semantic Memory
Episodic memory contains biographical details of our lives. Semantic memory, is the memory of general awareness and knowledge.
Memories relating to our personal life experiences constitute the episodic memory and it is for this reason that its contents are generally emotional in nature. All concepts, ideas and rules of logic are stored in semantic memory.

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3. State the features of Sensory memory.
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The incoming information first enters the sensory memory.Following are important features of Sensory Memory.

  • Sensory memory has a large capacity. However, it is of very short duration, i.e. less than a second.
  • It is a memory system that registers information from each of the senses with reasonable accuracy.
  • Often this system is referred to as sensory memories or sensory registers because information from all the senses are registered here as an exact replica of the stimulus.
  • An example that you can relate to is if you have experienced visual after-images (the trail of light that stays after the bulb is switched off) or when you hear reverberations of a sound when the sound has ceased, then you are familiar with iconic (visual) or echoic (auditory) sensory registers.

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