Overview

• Questions on memory

• Recall during a learning period

• Recall after a learning period

• Review techniques and theory

• The brain and ageing

• Memory systems - those used by the Greeks and still used by stage performers to astound audiences

Test I

Below these instructions is a list of words. Read each word on this list once, quickly, in order, and then turn to page 50 and fill in as many of the words as you can. You will not be able to remember all of them, so simply try for as many as you can. Read the complete list, one after the other. To ensure you do this properly use a small card, covering each word as you read it.

start now went the book work and good and start of the late white and paper

Mohammed Ali light of skill the own stair note and rode will time home

Next turn to page 50 fill in as many of these items as you can, and answer the questions which immediately follow on page 50.

Test 2

On page 51 you will find a blank graph. Fill it in with a line which represents the amount you think your memory recalls during a learning period. The vertical left-hand line marks the starting point for the learning; the vertical right-hand line marks the point when learning stops; the bottom line represents no recall at all (complete forgetting); and the top line represents perfect recall.

Below are examples of graphs filled in by three people.

These graphs start at 75% because it is assumed that most standard learning does not produce 100% understanding or recall.

There are of course many other alternatives so now turn to page 51 and complete the graph for the way in which you think your recall works.

Fig 15 Three examples of graphs filled in to indicate recall during a learning period.

A who thought his recall of the new information he was understanding stayed constant during his learning.
B who thought he remembered more from the beginning of a learning period and less from the end.
C who thought he remembered less from the beginning and more from the end.

Test 3

On page 52 is a blank graph to show the way your memory behaves after a learning period has been completed. The vertical left-hand line marks the end point of your learning; there is no right-hand vertical line be cause it is assumed that the 'afterwards' would be for a few years!; the bottom line represents no recall at all; and the top line represents perfect recall.

The graphs below show three people's assessment of their recall after learning.

Figi6 Three examples of graphs filled in to show recall after a learning period has been completed.

direction of time 100% i-

A point in time where learning ends 1 day

direction of time 1 00% -

A point in time where teaming ends 1 day

B who thought his recall was constant for a little while and then dropped off fairly steeply.

A point in time where teaming ends 1 day

B who thought his recall was constant for a little while and then dropped off fairly steeply.

C who thought his memory stayed constant for a while and then dropped off more slowly, levelling out at a certain point.

As with Test 2 there are many alternatives, so now turn to page 52 and complete the graph in the way which most closely represents what you feel to be your normal pattern of forgetting. For the purpose of the exercise you can assume that nothing happens after your learning period to remind you of the information you learned.

Test 4

Here is a list of words next to numbers. As with Test i read each item once, covering the ones read with a card as you progress down the list. The purpose of this is to remember which word went with which number:

4 glass

9 mash

1 watch

6 chair

10 carpet

5 paper 8 stone 3 orange

7 banana

2 sky

Now turn to page 52 and fill in the answers in the order requested.

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