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Retrieving Long-Term Memories: Interference, Amnesia & State-Dependent Memory

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Swasti enjoys bird-watching, and she has memorized facts about dozens of bird species. However, when she tries to learn about a new species discovered in Brazil, her previous information about birds makes it harder for her to remember the new information. What memory problem has Swasti experienced in this example?

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1. Topher was at a party and met a girl who gave him her phone number. The next day, he can't remember the number, so he goes back to the room where the party occurred as a way of trying to remember it. Topher is trying to use what memory phenomenon to help him in this example?

2. Josephine witnessed a man murder a woman on the street. Even though she was not physically harmed in the event, ever since that day, she has not been able to remember her name or anything about her own identity. Which kind of amnesia is Josephine experiencing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions examine why we have problems remembering things by gauging your knowledge of interference, amnesia and state-dependent memory. To pass the quiz, you'll need to identify various memory problems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This printable worksheet and quiz provides scenarios to help you identify signs of:

  • State-dependent memory
  • Dissociative amnesia
  • Anterograde amnesia
  • Proactive interference
  • Retroactive amnesia

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding what the symptoms of various types of amnesia and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related interference, amnesia and state-dependent memory lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve problems asking you to identify different forms of memory loss

Additional Learning

To learn more about why we sometimes have a hard time remembering data from our long-term storage files, review the corresponding lesson on Retrieving Long-Term Memories: Interference, Amnesia and State-Dependent Memory. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the importance of retrieval to a person's memory
  • Identify why we can have difficulty in our retrieval
  • Explain the characteristics of the three types of memory problems
  • Describe what makes proactive interference different from retroactive
  • Appreciate the role of the environment on our memories
  • Know the three types of amnesia a person could suffer from
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