Show Summary Details

p. 242. Mapping memorieslocked

  • Jonathan K. Foster

Abstract

The memory system, whatever it may be for (human, animal, or inanimate), needs to be able to encode, store, and retrieve information effectively. Memory can fail if any of these functions stops working. ‘Mapping memories’ looks at how memory systems operation and how different functional memory components should be defined. How reliable are personal definitions of good and bad memory? In fact memory separates into multiple, distinct components. What is the difference between short-term and long-term memory? How can memory be subdivided? Everyday observations on memory are based on personal experience so objective evidence must come from science. What is the difference between explicit and implicit memory?

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.