Recency and Primacy Effects

The order in which information is learned determines how reliably it will be recalled. The first item in a list is initially distinguished from previous activities as important (primacy effect) and may be transferred to long-term memory by the time of recall. Items at the end of the list are still in short-term memory (recency effect) at the time of recall.

Students learn about short- and long-term memory by conducting an experiment where they try to remember a list of 20 words.

Brain Zoo

In this lesson, students observe external brain anatomy to make inferences about the needs of various animals and to identify the types of brains in the Brain Zoo.


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