Ch 28: MTEL Reading Specialist: Attention & Memory

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This chapter on attention and memory is a great way to get ready for the related items of the MTEL Reading Specialist exam, with simple-to-follow video lessons taught by professional instructors guiding you toward greater test preparedness.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Attention & Memory - Chapter Summary

This chapter is geared toward helping you study for the portions of the exam that deal with attention and memory, with lessons that let you go at your own pace through various key aspects of the subject. After you're done with the chapter, you'll be ready to take on any MTEL Reading Specialist test items about:

  • Kinds of attention
  • The impact of different tasks on attention
  • The increase in meta-cognition during middle childhood
  • The two-store model of memory
  • How memory is categorized
  • Short-term memory
  • Mnemonic devices
  • How long-term memory can be improved
  • Memory distortion

Depending on how you learn best, you can choose to watch video lessons, or read through the lesson transcripts. You'll find navigating easy either way, with the interactive timeline feature allowing you to jump to key points within the videos and the transcripts full of important terms highlighted in bold.

12 Lessons in Chapter 28: MTEL Reading Specialist: Attention & Memory
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Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

1. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

We pay attention in various ways, every day. In this lesson, we will look into the four types of attention we consistently use and look at how attention spans change throughout a lifetime.

The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development

2. The Role of Attention in Perceptual Development

How does a child's perceptual development progress, and what is the role of attention in this process? This lesson will use examples to teach you about this relationship and walk you through the changes.

How Different Tasks Impact Attention

3. How Different Tasks Impact Attention

Have you ever been somewhere talking to someone and realized that you blocked out everything around you but that person, but you don't know how you did it? In this lesson we will look at attention and how and why we choose to pay attention to one or more things.

Attention, Memory, and Meta-Cognition Development in Middle Childhood

4. Attention, Memory, and Meta-Cognition Development in Middle Childhood

As kids grow and age, their intellectual (or cognitive) skills develop as well. Watch this lesson to find out more about cognitive development in childhood, including the relationship between attention and memory, and the skill of meta-cognition.

The Two-Store Model of Memory: Types of Memory and Storage

5. The Two-Store Model of Memory: Types of Memory and Storage

Do you remember your first day of school? This lesson discusses the foundational concepts behind all memories, including basic types of memory and the process all memories must go through for success: encoding, storage and retrieval.

Categories of Memory: Sensory & Long-Term

6. Categories of Memory: Sensory & Long-Term

Did you know that there are several types of memories? How does your brain keep track of them all? In this lesson, as you observe your surroundings at an art museum, you'll come to understand how your brain categorizes memory so you can remember your experiences.

Short-Term Memory: How STM Works

7. Short-Term Memory: How STM Works

All memories must first pass through short-term memory (STM) before becoming permanent. But how does STM really work? This lesson covers several aspects of STM, including why it seems to be an auditory-based system, how much information can be stored and the serial position curve.

Improving Retrieval of Memories: Mnemonic Devices

8. Improving Retrieval of Memories: Mnemonic Devices

When you have to study for a test and you need to remember a large amount of information, what strategies do you use to help your memory? These strategies are called mnemonic devices. This lesson covers several well-known mnemonic devices, such as chunking, the method of loci and the keyword technique.

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

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

Have you ever been sure that you know something but simply can't pull it out of your memory? This frustrating experience is a lack of retrieval, and this lesson discusses several aspects of successful retrieval, including retroactive and proactive interference, state-dependent memory and different forms of amnesia.

George Miller's Psychological Study to Improve Short-Term Memory

10. George Miller's Psychological Study to Improve Short-Term Memory

Wouldn't it be nice to improve your short-term memory? According to one psychological study, there are, in fact, ways you can organize sets of new information to make them easier to remember. Based on the study, this lesson examines a method that can increase your short-term memory.

Using Psychology to Improve Long-Term Memory

11. Using Psychology to Improve Long-Term Memory

What are some tips for improving your memory? This memorable lesson on memory covers self-referencing, mnemonic devices, spaced repetition and rehearsal. You won't want to cram for exams once you learn these better ways to improve your long-term memory!

Memory Distortion: Source Amnesia, Misinformation Effect & Choice-Supportive Bias

12. Memory Distortion: Source Amnesia, Misinformation Effect & Choice-Supportive Bias

With all the information we learn and process every day, it can be difficult to remember things accurately. Because of this, our memory can become distorted. In this lesson, we'll learn how our brain can trick us into falsely remembering details of our past experiences.

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