I’ve had these saved for a while but I keep forgetting to put them up.
McLeod, Saul. “Forgetting.” Simply Psychology. Simply Psychology, 2008. Web. 20 Apr. 2013.
This is an article regarding the multiple theories of memory decay. Ranging from the Trace Decay Theory of Forgetting to the Displacement Theory, the website explains the possible reasonings and causes for memories to slowly fade and disappear.
Human Memory: Atkinson-Shiffrin Model.” Human Memory: Atkinson-Shiffrin Model. Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2013.
This page explains one of the most well-known models for the process of memory formation: the Atkinson-Shiffrin Model. This model claims that all memories first start as information processed by our sensory organs. The information that is given more attention to will proceed to the short-term store where they will last for about 15-30 seconds. Afterwards, if given attention and actively rehearsed, select memories in the STM will proceed to the long-term storage where they can last from minutes to a lifetime.
Anthony, Sebastian. “ExtremeTech.” ExtremeTech. Extreme Tech, 23 Mar. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2013.
This article talks about the findings of MIT researchers and delves into the newly uncovered fact that memories are located in specific neurons. Triggering a small cluster of these neurons can trigger a memory, while the removal of these neurons can erase the memory.
Miller, Greg. “Smithsonian.com.” Smithsonian Magazine. Smithsonian Magazine, May 2010. Web. 29 Apr. 2013.
Karim Nader, a postdoctoral researcher at New York University, proposes the idea that the act of recalling a memory causes that memory to rebuild itself. Known as reconsolidation, it is presumed that building a new memory and re-coding an old one both involve building new neuronal proteins at the synapse. Simply stated, each time a memory is recalled, at least part of the memory will need to be completely rebuilt. This could explain the inaccuracy of memories each time they are recalled.
Ricker, Jeffrey. “PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology by Jeffry Ricker, Ph.D.” PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology by Jeffry Ricker PhD. WordPress, 5 Nov. 2011. Web. 1 May 2013.
Jeffrey Ricker (Ph.D.) explains in his blog a process that encodes memories in the long-term store – elaborative rehearsal. Elaborative rehearsal is thinking about the memory’s meaning as well as making connections between it and past experiences already in the long-term storage. Different from maintenance rehearsal, which involves remembering information due to repetition, elaborative rehearsal results in stronger, more durable long-term memories.
Ericsson, K. A., and Walter Kintsch. “Long-Term Working Memory.” Long-Term Working Memory. Rutgers, n.d. Web. 1 May 2013.
An article by the members of the Florida State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, this gives a more in-depth explanation of the human’s long-term memory and proposes that more efficient storage and retrieval characteristics can be acquired for the long-term store by “skilled performers”.
“Long-Term Memory.” Brain Training Software, Brain Fitness, Brain Games, BrainHQ. Posit Science, n.d. Web. 2 May 2013.
Another article focusing on long-term memory, this explains the various forms of long-term memory – specifically, explicit and implicit memories. Explicit memories are those that one can consciously remember (an event or fact), while implicit memories are those that one can perform without thinking about (i.e. – riding a bike).
Baron, Jonathan. “Morality and Decision Making – Springer.” Morality and Decision Making – Springer. Theory and Decision Library, n.d. Web. 3 May 2013.
This paper by Jonathan Baron talks about the definition of morality and how it can affect a person’s behavior. This article makes us wonder why some people lie, cheat, or do things that they know are against their morals, while others will stick to their values.
Schultz, Steven. “Princeton – Weekly Bulletin 10/22/01 – What Drives Moral Decision-making?” Princeton – Weekly Bulletin 10/22/01 – What Drives Moral Decision-making? Princeton University, n.d. Web. 3 May 2013.
A look into both the philosophical and scientific (specifically neuroscience) aspect of human behavior, this article attempts to explain the connection between the two and how that drives moral behavior in human beings. It also compares the different levels of emotional response that people give in certain circumstances, and sees if there is a connection between that and the way they behave. The article also presents one of the most well-known behavioral “tests” ever made and – the Trolley Problem (involving an uncontrollable trolley, five workmen, and a bystander) and study the puzzling results.