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1. In the novel, elephants are elderly witnesses to a crime that occurred ten years earlier. They are called this because hopefully like the proverbial elephant, they have long memories and can provide answers from the distant past. In order to understand memory we must first understand the processes involved. Three of the four answers listed below are stages in the formation of memory, which is NOT?
2. Since the crime occurred ten years in the past, the most relevant type of memory Poirot will need to consider is long term memory. In this case his focus will be on episodic memory. Episodic memory can be worse in older adults because of which of these circumstantial factors?
3. As Poirot questions the witnesses, he will be dealing with another type of memory - retrospective memory. Many parts of the brain play a role in retrospective memory but one part more than any other plays a role in the emotional aspects of retrospective memory. Which part is this that is located deep within the medial temporal lobes?
4. One of the issues the novel deals with is the misremembering of events. This phenomenon can come about from several causes, including suggestibility and misattribution among others. What is the name for the phenomenon of misremembering?
5. In order to try to trigger a memory, Poirot might play Frank Sinatra singing:
"Some day when I'm awfully low
When the world is cold
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look tonight."
The phrase "the way you look tonight" would initially involve sight. Which of these sensory memories is the visual one?
6. Poirot's probing of witnesses reminded him of George A. Miller's "Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two" first introduced in 1956. What is this number a measure of?
7. Short term memory and working memory are generally accepted as the same concept with no real distinction between the two terms.
8. As Poirot investigates the case and learns more information, his mind will be using working memory. The Baddeley and Hitch working memory model was first proposed in 1974 and consisted of three main components. In 2000, Baddeley added a fourth component that is based on a part of long term memory. Of the four listed below, which one was added in 2000?
9. Earlier Poirot had tried using a Frank Sinatra song to stimulate a witness' memory. Having found some success he decides to use some classical music for the same reason. What is the name for the phenomenon where classical music has been shown to aid memory?
10. One of the more intriguing mysteries surrounding Christie's "Elephants Can Remember" is the clear deterioration in the writing as is evidenced by a 2007 University of Toronto study. What did the study's author propose was the cause of this deterioration in language use?
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