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Implicit Memory: Animal Observation

The focal point of this paper is to enumerate the observation of an animal outside the class in relation to a concept of general psychology. In this context the animal chosen is a dog and the concept of general psychology is implicit memory. Implicit memory is essentially, philosophically and metaphysically, a sense of self-awareness. It is a well-established fact that most schools of philosophical thoughts have been built around rational thinking. These were schools of thoughts that relied heavily on natural laws and the dog in the observation is a good subject in this context. (Tulving, Schacter & Stark, 1982)

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It was found that the dog was wandering in the lawn with no special interest in any particular activity. Sometimes later the dog rested in the lawn near the gate and began to slumber. The interesting element took place a little later when a heavy vehicle passed through the nearby roadway with a lot of noise. The dog became conscious and stood up on its feet. Moments later it started digging at different places of the lawn. After few digging ventures it found what it was looking for. It was a bone. However, the dog did not use it a lunch but started digging at a new place and buried the bone there. Once it was satisfied the dog went back to its resting place and started to slumber again.

In according to the concept of implicit memory the observation suggested that the dog had no specific memory of the hidden bone. However, with the unfamiliar noise of the heavy vehicle it was startled and wanted to safeguard its possession even though the memory of the bone was not specific. Implicit memory of the mind is not limited to senses of touch, vision, smell etc. It also encompasses areas such as distance memory, ego, sanity etc. it is the study of these areas, which are tougher. A study of organism implicit memory based on external stimuli reactions would face stiff challenges in proving these aspects. Therefore, the aspects of implicit memory have to be studied at many different levels. In the case of the dog, it is obvious that it relied on its implicit memory to find the bone or react to an unknown or unfamiliar situation. These elements are incorporated in its behavior. (Jacoby & Dallas, 1981)

It is easy to understand how sensory organs work but different to understand how the reciprocator actions are caused.if we take the example of how the mind can remember a complex phone number, a job that one perceives to be quite easy, one would see that it is actually quite complex. The number has to be seen, memorized and then recalled as and when necessary in general context but in case of implicit memory it is not consciously done. Therefore, the mind actually works at varied levels. A complete understanding of all the processes and applying it to implicit memory may prove difficult. (Begg, Anas & Farinacci, 1992)

However, the characteristic of psychology also enumerates the variables of the organism mind on the same principals of biology but add in the influence of immediate environment and virtually subtracts the elements of central nervous system. According to psychology, the organism nature of the mind features are generated by the direct influence of the environment around the individual and any instigation by the environment is processed by the mind without the intervention of the central nervous system and the result of reaction of the organism nature is delivered accordingly in the form of implicit memory. (Tulving, Schacter & Stark, 1982)


Begg, I.M., Anas, A., & Farinacci, S. (1992). Dissociation of processes in belief: source recollection, statement familiarity, and the illusion of truth. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 121(5), 446-458.

Jacoby, L.L. & Dallas, M. (1981). On the relationship between autobiographical and perceptual learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 110(4), 306-340.

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Tulving, E., Schacter, D.L., & Stark, H.A. (1982). Priming effects in word-fragment completion are independent of recognition memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 8(4), 336-342.

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