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MEMORY Introduction Memory is defined as the faculty by which sense impressions and information are retained in the mind and subsequently recalled A persons capacity to remember and the total store of mentally retained impressions and knowledge also formulate memory Webster 1992 We all possess inside our heads a system for declassifying storing and retrieving information that exceeds the best computer capacity flexibility and speed Yet the same system is so limited and unreliable that it cannot consistently remember a nine-digit phone number long enough to dial it Baddeley 1993 The examination of human behavior reveals that current activities are inescapably linked by memories General competent Baddeley 1993 behavior requires that certain past events have effect on the influences in the present For example touching a hot stove would cause a burn and therefore memory would convey a message to not repeat again All of this is affected by the development of short-term memory STM and long-term memory LTM Memories can be positive like memories of girlfriends and special events or they can be negative such as suppressed memories Sexual abuse of children and adolescents is known to cause severe psychological and emotional damage Adults who were sexually abused in childhood are at a higher risk for developing a variety of psychiatric disorders anxiety disorders personality disorders and mood disorders To understand the essential issues about traumatic memory the human minds response to a traumatic event must first be understood The memory is made up of many different sections with each having different consequences on one another Can people remember what they were wearing three days ago Most likely not because the memory only holds onto what is actively remembered What a person was wearing is not important so it is thrown out and forgotten This type of unimportant information passes through the short-term memory Short-term memory is a system for storing information over brief intervals of time Squire 1987 Its main characteristic
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