Posted at August 23, 2019

What is the actual role of memory in learning?

Summary of article ‘What is the actual role of memory in learning’

The article begins with its author, Monica Savage, pointing out that the human brain has fascinated her from childhood. She explains that as a learning professional, she depends on brain science for the successful design of her programs.

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Memory is defined as ‘an active, subjective, intelligent reflection process of our previous experiences’. The author cautions however, that although memory is very much related to learning, it should not be confused with learning.

We are told that encoding, storing and retrieving are the three (3) main processes involved in human memory. The encoding process further entails three (3) primary factors. They are content factors, environmental factors and subjective factors. It is these three factors that influence the encoding process, which inturn influences the efficiency of learning.

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