How to Keep Track of Your Sensory Memory Essay

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Kenneth Thompson 21909857
December 3, 2014
Essentials of Psychology SSC130
Essay 25072400

. Your many amazing senses, including the sense of smell, hearing, touch, sight and taste, gather information almost twenty four seven. Though that's not your only senses, “Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don't know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.” said by C. Joybell C. Our senses, both physical an emotional, are being used twenty four seven. That’s all the time, every day, all day. Every time you touch, taste, smell, hear, or see something your mind quickly takes into account how the keys on your laptop feel, how the hot piece of pizza tastes, how the fresh out of the box pizza smells, how the gooey cheese stretches in your sight, how the doorbell sounds when the pizza delivery man arrives or how your pen feels in between your fingers. After gathering this bunch of information through your many senses it’s organized into your sensory memory. "I did go on safari in Kenya when I was 17, with my mother, stepfather and little brother, and I kept a careful journal of the experience that was very helpful in terms of my sensory impressions of Africa. I have traveled quite a bit at distinct times in my life, though now that I have kids I've settled down." This is an example of a woman keeping track of her sensory memory on a trip to Africa. "I think we love bacon because it has all the qualities of an amazing sensory experience. When we cook it, the sizzling sound is so appetizing, the aroma is maddening, the crunch of the texture is so gratifying and the taste delivers every time." All of that is sensory memory, when you smell the bacon you remember instantly that is bacon. The information your senses gather is held in your short term memory for up to 25 seconds. If this information isn’t transferred into long term memory it’s gone forever. You can store short term memory as images provided by visual stimuli. By reviewing words in our minds we are storing it phonetically in our minds. Psychology research indicates that we can only process seven bits of information from a visual field. Chunking is a way we manage more information in our short term memory. It’s a meaningful group of stimuli that can be stored as a unit in short term memory. Recoding information makes it easier to hold this information in short term memory. "We think of our eyes as video cameras and our brains as blank tapes to be filled with sensory inputs." Much like a recording camara our eyes and brains are along with our sensory memory. You can use and practice rehearsal to hold information in short term memory or transfer it into long term memory. Everyone’s used this technique when