Memory is central to our functioning in everyday life and to our sense of identity. We use memory not only to accomplish routine tasks (e.g., to recall where we parked the car, to remember what items we need to pick up from the grocery store), but also to construct a narrative of our lives populated by the experiences and events that define us. Memories can be transient or lasting, and can operate both within and outside of conscious awareness. This course will examine the mechanisms underlying human memory abilities. We will discuss distinctions between different forms of memory including short-term/long-term memory, episodic/semantic memory, and implicit/explicit memory. We will examine the neural basis and development of memory functions, and will consider factors contributing to forgetting and distortion of memories.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or NEUR 100, a score of 5 on the Psychology AP exam, or a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level IB exam, or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Staff

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition; SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered