The study of human memory is a large enterprise, and research on the topic has applications to the field of education almost too numerable to list. During a normal day, students are asked to learn and retrieve information, remember to complete upcoming assignments, and deal with the frustrating shortcomings of memory familiar to us all. However, in spite of the large body of memory research that has accumulated over the years, several basic principles have been established that, if properly understood, provide a thorough and relatively concise overview of the field. These principles can best be established by crystallizing the vast body of knowledge concerning research on human memory into several basic and empirically supported assertions. The remainder of this entry provides breadth and detail ...

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