Introduction to Memory and Research Methods for Psychology.  

What is memory? How do we remember things? Why do we forget things?

1: Let’s play a game: 

Understanding short term memory through a letter recall activity

  • Compare your correct answer % with your group. Are the patterns the same?
  • What factors affected your memory recall?
  • What technique did you use to remember the letters?
  • How could you remember these letter if you had more time?
  • What variations could have helped/hindered your memory?
  • Did you put wrong answers? What does that say about your actual memories?
  • Have you had memories that turned out to be false?

Here are a few other ones if you want to try some more on your own.

2: Looking at Elizabeth Loftus’ Ted Talk

  • What does she say about false memory?
  • Eyewitness testimony?  
  • Misleading questions?
  • How can we control what people “remember”?
  • What ethical issues are raised by the false memory debate?

How does Memory work?

 

Homework: Read How Does Memory Work

  • Give the definition, in your own words,  of 5 words vocabulary terms you did not know in the reading
  • IN groups of 2 or 3, create a poster visually representing the way our brain registers memories
  • Use annotations
  • Be creative
  • Due next class