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Memory is a key concept in cognitive theories of learning: without memory, no learning can take place.

Psychologists generally agree on three major components of memory:

  • sensory memory
  • short-term (working) memory
  • long-term memory

though different models view each in different ways. 


Atkinson and Shiffrin's 1968 model provides the benchmark:

Atkinson & Shiffrin's 1968 model of memory
McLeod, S.A. (2007) Simply Psychology http://www.simplypsychology.org/multi-store.html
  1. Play: Short and long-term memory
  2. Read and reflect: Amnesia
  3. Read more: Richard Dewey on the biology of memory

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