The course will begin by covering several different types of memory that demonstrate it is inaccurate to think of memory as a single entity. We will cover the characteristics of different memory systems that will give students a basic understanding of sensory memory, short-term memory, working memory, episodic memory, semantic memory, and procedural memory.
Early ideas on memory will be examined by exploring mnemonics.
We will look at two phenomenon that have received special attention in children: infantile amnesia and the developmental course of different memory systems.
We will address the neural systems that sub-serve different forms of memory.
Other topics are the following: 1) Sleep and memory, 2) Erasing memories after trauma, 3) Memory in animals and animal models role in the progress of understanding memory, 4) What we've learned about memory from brain damage and amnesic patients, particularly from amnesic patient HM and since HM., 5) Memory in middle-age, 6) Memory in the elderly, 7) Normal memory changes in the elderly, and 8) Memory and Alzheimer's disease.
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