Comparing working and long term memory

  1. Theoretically, how is working memory similar to and different from long-term memory?
  2. How are memories formed in the brain (using neural circuitry), and how are they maintained?
  3. When is it adaptive to remember, and in what ways may it be adaptive to forget?
  4. Given what we know about brain mechanisms in memory, are our memories accurate? Explain your answer using the information on how memories are stored in the brain.
  5. How can knowledge of the brain and memory systems be used to help individuals suffering from memory problems (e.g., poor memory, amnesia, PTSD)?
  6. Compare the role age and environment play in how memories are formed and maintained