How Learning Happens

This diagram is a simplistic depiction of how information flows between the environment and various parts of our memory. When any of our sensory receptors perceive our environment, that information is sent to sensory memory. After only a brief moment sensory memory will either send the information on to short-term memory or it will be forgotten. It is the responsibility of short-term memory to decide whether to encode the information and send it on to long-term memory or to discard it.

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