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Ongoing Research on Memory Demonstrates That We Are Indeed Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – 2

We continue to summarize the research article of Camina and Guell on how ongoing research understands our memory. First, they tackled Sensory Memory.

Sensory memory is the capacity for briefly retaining the large amounts of information that people encounter daily” (Siegler and Alibali, 2005). There are three types of sensory memory: echoic (auditory stimuli) memory, iconic memory (visual stimuli), and haptic (touch stimuli) memory.

Researchers have concentrated on Iconic (visual) sensory information. Information entering as iconic (visual) input moves to short term memory after about one second. Of the researchers, DiLollo (1980)’s model has received the most support. He believed that this memory has two components: Persistence of Vision (occipital lobe) and Persistence of Information (travels through the ventral route to the inferior temporal cortex).

Coltheart (1983) and Sperlings (1960) added to information on the iconic sensory memory with three characteristics: a large capacity, a short duration, and a pre-categorical nature. Not surprisingly, they found meaningful information retained longer than information with no meaning.

Knowing how quickly sensory memory processes input, we can quickly input visual information we want our children to learn. This would provide support for our recommendations for teaching children. At Unlocking Learning Potential, we provide assessments and guidance for families who are facing learning challenges. Further, since we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” we must seek God’s direction to help our families.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Psalm 139:14


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