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7 sins of memory

Memory is fallible. We all know that. Conversations with friends/family often yield dramatically different results. And yet, somehow, we still manage to communicate. PsyBlog has compiled a list of memory related sins. A great overview of memory-related concerns for educators (though a part of me questions if memory still has the critical role in information sharing that it once did, due largely to the rise of the web, search engines, and social networks). Articles discuss long-term memory, deep processing, misattributions of source and context, bias, and persistence.


  1. chris wrote:

    One of the things I found interesting about collaborative online work environments is reliance on memory one the complexity of the work and and the life span of engagement increase. I’ve read several accounts of collaborative systems that start out with taxonomies and structure but that people working in that environment become overwhelmed by the expanding amount of information and artifacts. There seems to be a tipping point at which experienced users move away from structure and come to rely on the system search engine. This approach relies on the user remembering enough of the context to feed the search engine – but not much else. If one knows some keywords, a fragment of the organizational structure, etc., one can locate the needed information, expertise, etc. Thanks for the cite.

    Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  2. George,
    Reinforcing those views a out fallible memories: Robert Burton’s new book, On Being Certain

    And, as a conference speaker and former journalist, I thought your co-authored article was most thoughtful and helpful, so am writing about it today

    Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 8:35 pm | Permalink