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A FUNCTIONAL MODEL OF MEMORY BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL AND VERBAL LEARNING DATA.
Technical rept. Jun-Aug 68,
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The report presents a functional model of memory based on verbal learning and physiological data. These diverse empirical data are used to describe several basic mechanisms of memory including a separate mechanisms for short-term memory and for long-term memory b the initiation of long-term memory by short-term memory c the properties of short-term memory including autonomous decay, distortion by interference, and a limited capacity d the properties of long-term memory including a consolidation process dependent upon ribonucleic acid RNA and enzymes, and a very large capacity e the functional grouping of items in long-term memory and f consolidated long-term memories that are reactivated, being brought back into short-term memory. Time courses of these events are described. The report describes how mnemonic techniques work and presents suggestions about how to improve memory training. Author
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