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The process of learning: Comfortable with discomfort (part 3)

Our series on the learning process continues. Matt Bromley is looking at the three secrets to boosting students’ long-term memory and recall. This week, he considers the first of these – creating a positive learning environment

Last time, I argued that the process of learning is the interaction between our sensory memory and our long-term memory.
Our sensory memory, I said, is made up of: what we see (this is called our iconic memory), what we hear (this is called our echoic memory), and what we touch (our haptic memory).

Our long-term memory, meanwhile, is where new information is stored and from which it can be recalled later when needed.

But we cannot directly access the information stored in our long-term memory – instead, this interaction between our sensory memory and our long-term memory occurs in the working memory.

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