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Lecture 6

PSYC18H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Limbic System, Hideki Matsutake, Episodic Memory


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC18H3
Professor
G Cupchik
Lecture
6

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Week 6 (February 12)
Syncretic: all of the information of the experience/sensation. Not abstract. The information is just
there in memory and it can be pulled up by any of these sense memories
Process and Perspectives
Within the system:
(1) Direction of Flow
TOP – DOWN
(From abstract to concrete)
You have a rule in your head and you apply it to the world
Ruled by logic
System 2
Examples: making a diagnosis; racism
BOTTOM - UP
(From concrete to abstract)
What you’ve learned from experiences
Expressive
System 1
You need top-down to control the knowledge/creativity that comes from bottom-up
Need bottom-up to expand the rules and logic in top-down
(2) System Type
FEED FORWARD LOOP (Predefined response to a signal)
Reaction
Recognize situation, evaluate, reach to emotional memories (limbic system), brings up
episodic memory
Conditioned emotional response
Loop  you think of a memory, schema opens the reaction that takes it back to a schema
and so on and so forth
Bottom-up
FEEDBACK LOOP (Adjustment based on response to signal)
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