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Monday, September 10, 2007
Memory -- the long and short of it
Many neuropsych tests assess a person's memory or degree of memory loss. But what is memory exactly? Rutgers University (specifically their Memory Disorders Project)puts out an excellent newsletter called Memory Loss and the Brain. Their Web site features online versions of the newsletter as well as an extended Glossary and a good list of Resources with links.The following is from the Glossary:
Memory refers to the storage, retention and recall of information including past experiences, knowledge and thoughts. Memory for specific information can vary greatly according to the individual and the individual's state of mind. It can also vary according to the content of the information itself; thus information which is novel or exciting tends to be better remembered than information which is uninteresting or ordinary. Failure of memory can normally result from failure to adequately store the memory in the first place, failure to retain the information (forgetting), and failure to retrieve the information later.
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