Explain the relationship between learning and memory: March 14th, 2010

Memory and learning go hand and hand with one another. One’s memory is like a storage unit where everything one has learned is kept secure but easily unlocked to remember the material. Whereas learning, is the ability to filter through new information and is learned through one’s experiences and knowledge obtained through those experiences.  Without learning and memory together, it would become incredibly hard to function on a day to day basis. For example, we would not recognize our family, home, or place of work. We might also forget how to do a simple thing like tie our own shoe.

When it comes to relating learning and memory to the brain, both can possibly set up new prototypes of electrical movements in routes of several thousands of neurons. For instance, in order for one to create and update their long term memory, new synapses and or dendrites could be created if the neuron’s structure changes. Making it more critical that they work together. Memory can be created through several different experiences. Classical conditioning is a perfect example in which it is a form of learning with a neural stimulus and something of neural significance. (Wickens, 2005).

Learning has a most significant impact on the brain. When most are young they learn how to eat, get dressed, etc. It is our memory in which we can store this information to keep and teach us how to live our lives efficiently and so called politically correct. However, there can be traumatic experiences that we hold in our memory hindering one from doing a specific task due to those haunting thoughts. For example, if a women was raped, she might become a sex addict or completely become celibate because of the horrifying experience. For her, she learned that men are a certain way and her memory will not let her forget. Learning and memory both affected that woman. There is no learning without memory.


Wickens, A. (2005). Foundations of Biopsychology (2nd ed.). : Prentice Hall, Inc. A Pearson Education Company.


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