Current researchers recognize they are standing on the shoulders of those early researchers. Eduardo Camina and Francisco Guell, as reported in a Frontiers’ article, begin by reviewing the history of conclusions from as early as 1927. Before going into the details of the research they summarize the main forms of memory:
The main forms of memory presented include sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. Information from the world around us is first stored by sensory memory, thus enabling the storage and future use of such information. Short-term memory (or memory) refers to information processed in a short period of time. Long-term memory allows us to store information for long periods of time, including information that can be retrieved consciously (explicit memory) or unconsciously (implicit memory). (Camina and Guell)
These researchers rightly recognize the importance of memory. Without the ability to remember we could not connect life experiences and attribute meaning to these. Memory is key to learning.
Early researchers did not have the 21st Century technology to identify specific parts of the brain. Current researchers use this technology to identify many more specifics as to the types of memory within the main forms.
While “sensory memory” may represent a “new” kind of memory in our thinking, we must recognize that all the input we receive comes through our senses. As a learning specialist, I must discover areas in which the input a child receives may not be clear or accurate. We must stimulate the brain in such a way to clear the way, allowing the input to reach our child. Much of the information I use to determine these things come from information the parents provide because they know their child better than I do. Memory represents a big part of what we work to improve.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.