The Multi-Store Model: How We Make and Keep Memories

As you read this text, your eyes transmit signals to your working memory, briefly storing each word to ensure you comprehend the sentence without confusion. The reason you understand what you read lies in your long-term memory — or so at least asserts the theory of the Multi-Store Model of Memory. However, since the process is far from being understood, it’s likely way more complex than this.

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Multi store model –
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Moscovitch, M., Rosenbaum, R. S., Gilboa, A., Addis, D. R., Westmacott, R., Grady, C., McAndrews, M. P., Levine, B., Black, S., Winocur, G., & Nadel, L. (2005). Functional neuroanatomy of remote episodic, semantic and spatial memory: a unified account based on multiple trace theory. Journal of anatomy, 207(1), 35–66.
Moscovitch, M., Cabeza, R., Winocur, G., & Nadel, L. (2016). Episodic Memory and Beyond: The Hippocampus and Neocortex in Transformation. Annual review of psychology, 67, 105–134.

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00:00 Intro to memory
00:23 How’s memory work?
01:23 The multi-store model
01:58 Sensory register
02:43 Short-term memory
03:21 Long-term memory
05:01 Memory often change
05:40 Creating your own memory
05:57 Ending
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