AU: 4.0
Programme: PSY(HSS)

Memory is vital for defining who we are, by allowing us to base actions on knowledge gleaned from previous experiences. It also is important for performing everyday tasks so that we can keep track of intermediate stages before a behavior is completed. Research in memory concerns more than pure storage. It also focuses on how memories are used by examining strategic selection, executive processes, and the interaction with other cognitive functions including attention, perception, and decision making. Modern research has focused on discovering the mechanisms of memory by examining the neural basis of memory. The objectives of the class are to (1) to learn the critical importance of the cognitive/neuroscience approach to studying memory, (2) to learn to define the different types of memory, and the situation in which each type of memory must be recruited to allow the successful completion of a behavior (3) to inform about the state-of-the art research in memory including practical applications. At the end of the course students will have a solid understanding of the fundamentals in memory research, at both a practical and theoretical level.