Discussion Questions

  1. Given what you know about the environment’s role in learning and remembering do you think students are at a disadvantage during finals week when exams are often scheduled on different days, times or classrooms?

  2. Which do you believe makes memory recall more difficult, proactive interference or retroactive interference?  Have you had an experience that supports your answer?

  3. The hippocampus is critically required in the formation of long-term memories, but it is not the site of long-term memory storage.  Given that memories are encoded in the way the information is initially processed (auditorily, visually, olfactory, etc.) what types of memories do you think are the 1) least vulnerable to disruption, and 2) most vulnerable to disruption?

  4. Implicit long-term memories and explicit long-term memories are mediated by different brain systems.  If you had to choose between the two systems, which would you rather preserve?  Why?

  5. What are some procedural memories you have?  How did you develop them?  When you engage in the skills associated with the memories are you actively thinking about how to perform the skill?  At what point do skills become automatic?