Where is your memory located in your brain?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Short-term memory acts as a scratch-pad for temporary recall of the information under process. For instance, in order to understand this sentence you need to hold in your mind the beginning of the sentence you read the rest.

    Short term memory decays rapidly (200 ms.) and also has a limited capacity. Chunking of information can lead to an increase in the short term memory capacity. That is the reason why a hyphenated phone number is easier to rememeber than a single long number. The successful formation of a chunk is known as closure. Interference often causes disturbance in short-term memory retention. This accounts for the desire to complete the tasks held in short term memory as soon as possible.

    Scientists do not yet understand many things about human memory and many of

    the ideas and theories about it are still quite controvercial. The following discussion emphasizes some of the more widely agreed upon ideas. For instance, most scientists agree that it is very useful to describe human

    memory as a set of STORES which are "places" to put information, plus a set of

    PROCESSES that that act on the stores.

    A very simple model might contain 3 different stores:

    The Sensory Information Store (SIS)

    The Short-Term Store (STS)

    The Long-Term Store (LTS)

    ... and 3 processes

    Encoding (putting information into a store)

    Maintenance (keeping it "alive")

    Retrieval (finding encoded information)

    The simple overview is: Nerve network patterns store memories. We recall a memory only when we activate that network of interconnected neurons.

    Information flows from the outside world through our sight, hearing smelling, tasting and touch sensors. Memory is simply ways we store and recall things we've sensed.

    Recalling memories re-fires many of the same neural paths we originally used to sense the experience and, therefore, almost re-creates the event. Memories of concepts and ideas are related to sensed experiences because we extract the essence from sensed experiences to form generalized concepts.

  • 1 decade ago

    Memories are not stored in a single area. The current view is that memory is a pattern of connections of different strengths between neurons all over the brain. However, the area of the brain known as the hippocampus seems to be particularly important for long-term memory.

  • 1 decade ago

    no the cerebellum controls movement. The hippocampus controls memory it is located neat the ase of the brian.

    Source(s): Psychology, biology
  • 4 years ago

    It depends on what memory you're talking about specifically. Long-term or short-term?

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  • 1 decade ago


  • cerebrum or cerebellum not really sure.

    Source(s): i took biology and we had a unit on the human body, anatomy and stuff about how the brain funtions.
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