Accession Number : AD0694078

Title :   A FUNCTIONAL MODEL OF MEMORY BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL AND VERBAL LEARNING DATA.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. Jun-Aug 68,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Kincaid,J. Peter

Report Date : JUN 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : The report presents a functional model of memory based on verbal learning and physiological data. These diverse empirical data are used to describe several basic mechanisms of memory including: (a) separate mechanisms for short-term memory and for long-term memory; (b) the initiation of long-term memory by short-term memory; (c) the properties of short-term memory including autonomous decay, distortion by interference, and a limited capacity; (d) the properties of long-term memory including a consolidation process dependent upon ribonucleic acid (RNA) and enzymes, and a very large capacity; (e) the functional grouping of items in long-term memory; and (f) consolidated (long-term) memories that are reactivated, being brought back into short-term memory. Time courses of these events are described. The report describes how mnemonic techniques work and presents suggestions about how to improve memory training. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MEMORY(PSYCHOLOGY), ANALYSIS), (*LEARNING, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES), MODELS(SIMULATIONS), PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, VERBAL BEHAVIOR, RECALL, TIME, CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, BIOCHEMISTRY, RIBONUCLEIC ACIDS, LABORATORY ANIMALS, TEST METHODS

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE