PSY 326 Psychology of Memory

This class fulfills a Area 1 requirement

Section CRN Instructor Time
Dr. Charles Goodsell T, TH 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Are you interested in retaining more of what you read, learning better ways to study, or just remembering what you did with that winning lotto ticket you had?  This class will explore memory from the ordinary to the extraordinary (e.g., Chau Lu memorized the first 67,890 digits of pi).  We will also discuss what happens when memory fails us (e.g., Kirk Bloodsworth was positively identified by five eyewitnesses and sentenced to death, but eventually exonerated by DNA evidence). By the end of the course you’ll be able to spot what really could or could not happen in movies like Memento, 50 First Dates, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Topics include:

  • How we encode, store, and retrieve information
  • Reconstructive processes in memory
  • Developmental changes in memory
  • Eyewitness memory
  • Memory disorders
  • Theories and models of memory 
  • Improving your memory
  • The repressed/recovered memory controversy.