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Abstract In this paper I emphasize there is no such thing as a bad memory Then I show the reader reasons for this explanation First I will discuss the three categories of memory sensory short term and long term memory Then an overview of their characteristics and downfalls Second I talk about forgetting and the positive and negative aspects of it Afterwards I go into the measures of forgetting and the many theories that follow forgetting I will also discuss two common diseases that involve memory in which I call The Forgetting Diseases Last I briefly talk about the five principles of remembering All of these aspects of memory show what a memory cannot exist as a thing Introduction The Three Stages of Memory The human mind has the ability to learn many things but learning would be impossible without memory Without it we would respond to every situation as if we have never experienced it There are many misconceptions of memory One of which is that many people believe they either have a good or a bad eg cannot remember things well memory as if it were a thing eg object The word memory is merely an abstraction that refers to a process or many processes rather than a structure Higbee 1996 p 2 Memory is divided onto three sub categories sensory long term and short term memory Later I will discuss these three categories in detail Memory depends on three consecutive stages encoding storage and retrieval Encoding is learning the information and forming a memory file Storage is placing this memory file into a compartment such as long term memory Lastly retrieval recovers the memory file from where it was stored These stages can be compared to a filing cabinet First information is typed on a piece of paper Then it is placed in the filing cabinet under the correct category Last when the file is needed again one would retrieve
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