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Memory is the Mind's Storehouse

Over the years I have learned that memory is the mind's storehouse. I also learned that our memory holds information necessary for survival, and embraces the richness and texture of individual lives. In addition, memory can be a tool to fame and fortune or a traitor at the most inopportune moment.

1). My first question is how does it support the evolutionary psychological belief that memory is a vital function of survival?

2). Explain how episodic and implicit memories can foster learning that contributes to survival.

3). Which area of the brain do you think is most influential in the formation of memory for survival? Explain your response in detail.

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1). My first question is how does it support the evolutionary psychological belief that memory is a vital function of survival?

In a study done by Nairne, et al. (2007) it was demonstrated how participants had the best memory when tested against words that were related to survival. The survival advantage held true across recall and recognition for all participants involved in the study. "These findings suggest that memory systems are "tuned" to remember information that is processed for fitness, perhaps as a result of survival advantages accrued in the past" (Nairne, et al., 2007, p. 263). This study demonstrates that memory has been and will be a vital function of survival for all human beings as result of past evolution.

2). Explain how episodic and implicit memories can foster learning that contributes to survival.

Information that is remembered somewhat automatically, ...

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A memory for the mind's storehouse is examined. The evolutionary psychological beliefs that memory is a vital function of survival is given.

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