Memory is the process used to acquire store and retain information that can later be retrieved. There are three major processes involved in memory. ENCODING, STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL. Memory cannot be found in one specific area of the brain as it a process nit a unitary entity.However the hippocampus is involved in the consolidation of a memory and damage to this area can cause impairments between STM and LTM.
Short-Term Memory Short-term memory, also known as active memory, is the information we are currently aware of or thinking about. In Freudian psychology, this memory would be referred to as the conscious mind. Paying attention to sensory memories generates the information in short-term memory. Most of the information stored in active memory will be kept for approximately 20 to 30 seconds. While many of our short-term memories are quickly forgotten, attending to this information allows it to continue on the next stage - long-term memory.
Long-Term Memory Long-term memory refers to the continuing storage of information. In Freudian psychology, long-term memory would be call the preconscious and unconscious. This information is largely outside of our awareness, but can be called into working memory to be used when needed. Some of this information is fairly easy to recall, while other memories are much more difficult to access.