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Stephen J Ross
TPSYCH 350
Tacoma Campus

Human Memory

Covers research and theory in key areas of memory. Issues include information processing theory, the link between memory processes and their biological underpinnings, autobiographical memory, implicit memory, and the effect of emotion on memory. Prerequisite: TPSYCH 250.

Class description

This course will cover basic biological processes of memory in addition to psychological theories/models of memory systems and the application of these principles to real-world situations. The topics will be covered through a basic information-processing perspective examining how we get information into our memory (i.e., encoding), keep that information in our memory (i.e., storage), and reproduce that information on request (i.e., retrieval) as well as failures in these processes (e.g., forgetting and amnesia).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Success in this course requires regular class attendance and participation in class discussions. In addition, this course has a significant amount of reading each week. It is critical that you complete the required readings PRIOR TO the first date the chapter will be discussed in class according to the dates specified in the schedule (provided on the last page of the syllabus). As an upper-division course, the most-enhanced learning experience is one in which all participants have a basic understanding of the material (developed through readings) allowing in-depth discussions of the phenomena rather than basic-level lecture on the content.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stephen J Ross
Date: 12/20/2013