Sensory Memory and You

user-pic
Vote 0 Votes

Imagine yourself sitting in a noisy, crowded room. There are people sitting and standing everywhere, and each person seems to be carrying on a different conversation. You are also carrying on a conversation, when all of the sudden you here that your name was said. You turn around and you recall what that person was talking about seconds before they said your name, even though you were paying attention to the conversation that you were having. This is sensory memory in all of its glory.

Sensory memory in the true sense of the term a very short-term buffer memory where senses store what they have received before any cognitive processing within the brain occurs. It is a very short buffer; essentially lasting for 0.5 to 3 seconds. Imagine this type of memory as "scenic", being that it lasts for a short amount of time but has quite large capacity.

There are several types of sensory memory, essentially one for every sense as its name states. All of these types of sensory memory are essential to "get the whole picture" within ones memory. The sensory store is the window to short-term memory and long-term memory. So the next time you happen to hear your name in a crowded room, rub your hand on your head and say "thanks" to your sensory memory.hearing_aid.jpg

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by culle151 published on October 23, 2011 1:12 PM.

False Memories - Blog 3 was the previous entry in this blog.

Sleep-Assisted Learning: How It Can Turn You Into a Strong and Confident Woman is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.