The Role of Memory in Learning and How Elapsed Time Can Affect It
This essay looks at the role of memory in learning, and how elapsed time can affect the formation and retrieval of memories. It begins by defining memory and explaining how it is involved in learning. It then looks at the concept of elapsed time manipulation, before discussing three laboratory experiments which suggest that at least three factors affect retention and learning: primacy, recency and presentation interval. Finally, it reflects on the implications of these findings for real-world situations.