Memory How is it created and to what Extent can we Trust it



This research will begin with the statement that every person has ingrained short and long-term memories arising from interaction with other people or witnessing events. A significant part of people’s moral and social life hinges on memories. Memory incorporates a varied set of cognitive capacities by which people preserve and reconstruct past experiences, usually for current experiences. Memory forms an essential part in which people’s past experiences animate their present actions and experiences. The ability to reconstruct the past avails an aspect of personal identity. However, sometimes memory becomes erroneous routinely and dramatically, which raises the question. can it be trusted? The vulnerability of memory is exposed by happenings such as aviation disasters caused by forgetfulness and inconsistent eye witness accounts. Memory is essential as it allows us to store information for later use. Memory enhances most of the aspects that people take pleasure in their lives, for example, socially significant practices such as promises and commemorations. Memory shapes people’s perception of the world through learning, reasoning, and decision making. An understanding of memory is crucial in making sense of one self and people’s experiences of time and events. In order to do this, human beings need to master the processes involved in learning of memory. Moreover, it is critical to comprehend the extent to which the memory learnt can be trusted. There are several processes involved in the learning of memory. The rationale of this paper is to analyze how human beings learn memory. In addition, the study will evaluate the measure to which memory can be relied upon. The discussion provides the connection between memory and society. The paper has a bias as it will not dwell on physical/biochemical characteristics of memory. Significance of the Research The results from this paper will give insights on creation of memory and whether it can be trusted. The results of this paper will also avail an understanding of aspects of memory and how those aspects impinge on the lives of people. Of much interest will be the vulnerability and fallibility of human memory, which has remarkable consequences for the law since it casts substantial doubts on reliability of eyewitness testimony. The findings of this paper will give the reader the relationship between true and false memories as well how to tell if a particular is true or fake. Research Questions Memory is pervades all facets of people’s lives and can be thought of as the effort to retain information. People have vast amounts of knowledge stored in their memory system which they are able to access quickly and effortlessly. This implies that, stored knowledge must be highly organized to allow easy retrieval for the appropriate information for a given situation. In light of this, study seeks to address how information is, encoded into memory, stored in the memory, retrieved from memory, and the extent to which memory can be trusted. Literature Review Reinforcement of memory occurs through repetition of tasks (Stephen &amp. Tom 2011, p.96).