Tag Archives: memory

Forming episodic memories

A BBC article describes two recent studies about the formation of episodic memories and the role of the hippocampus. The first study published this week recorded the activity of single cells at the moment an association was formed between two unrelated pictures – one of a person and another of a place, such as Clint Eastwood and […]

Man with no memory

A recent newspaper article details the experiences of another case of amnesia, similar to HM and Clive Wearing. The article focuses on John Mills who suffered brain damage after a stroke and also refers to a new film where Nicole Kidman plays a woman with no memory Before I Go to Sleep. Most interestingly of all […]

Eyewitness testimony and anxiety

A new study showed that arousal does reduce the ability to make accurate decisions. Peter Murphy and colleagues (2014) gave participants a perceptual decision-making task – they had to look at a cloud of dots and decide the direct of travel. This was designed to mimic the types of perceptual decisions we make in everyday […]

Visual working memory and age

Test your working memory on the BBC website here and contribute to psychological research. James Brockmole and Robert Logie (2013) analysed some of the data collected on the website to report on visual working memory. In this study they analysed the results from 56,000 people aged between 8 and 75. They found that visual working memory increases from […]

Encoding in STM

If you study the multi-store model you will be familiar with evidence that supports the distinction between short- and long-term stores. For example evidence of differences in duration and capacity. There is also evidence related to encoding in memory – the most cited study is one by Baddeley which indicated that short-term memory is mainly […]

Linking EWT and multiple personality disorder

What is the link? When considering the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, a key explanation is the malleability of memory – for example leading questions may alter what is remembered. The same explanation can also be applied to multiple personality disorder (more recently called ‘dissociative identity disorder’, DID). The experience of multiple personalities may be explained […]