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Schemas & Memory

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Although many people think of the memory as working like a file cabinet-you put information in and get it out again when you need it-a good deal of research indicates that the file cabinet analogy fails for a number of reasons. One such reason is the common research finding that our schemas can affect our memory. Recall that a schema is basically a packet of information that we associate with a concept. Often, these associations can affect our memory for how things happen and what we experience, as well as other types of general knowledge that we store.

In these two demonstrations, you will see how schemas may affect your memory. Click a link below to begin a demonstration.

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