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The Phenomena of Memory Mnemosyne Some Traditional Metaphors of Memory Aviary Seal on a Wax Tablet Library Photograph or movie A Bad Model for Human Memory Computer Memory Why is storage of information in a computer called memory We think of memory as storage putting something away but are able to recall it Some of the problems in setting up computer memory seem to resemble those we face When we put information into a memory system we need some way of getting it back out Computers like libraries rely on indexes But there are major differences between human and computer memory Much of our memory is content addressable Much of our memory has emotional overtones Much of our memory is reconstructive The Importance of Getting the Phenomenon Right Most accounts of science emphasize the importance of explanation and perhaps prediction as scientific activities But explanations are only valuable if they explain real phenomena The phenomena are not always obvious and we may need to seek data or evidence to determine just what the phenomena are Memory vs Photography 1 Compare Franco Magnani s paintings and Susan Schwartzenberg s photographs of Magnani s childhood hometown Pontito in Italy Memory vs Photography 2 Magnani s childhood home He and his mother appear in the painting Memory Exercise Recall your high school graduation ceremony describing your recollection in as much detail as possible If you were to draw it would you be in the picture Recall a birthday party from your childhood If you were to draw it would you be in the picture Recall your last serious argument with someone If you were to draw it would you be in the picture Field vs Observer Memories If we are recalling the event as it happened we would of course recall it from our own point of view But often we see ourselves in our recollections we take the position of an observer Older memories are more often from an observer s point of view Field memories memories from our own point of view often are far more



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