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Did you know . . .

. . . that there are three main stages in the formation and retrieval of memory?

• Encoding or registration
(processing and combining of received information)

• Storage
(creation of a permanent record of the encoded information)

• Retrieval or recall
(calling back the stored information in response to some cue for use in a process or activity)

Source: Wikipedia

See this excellent and thorough article from Wikpedia.

"In recent decades, [memory] has become one of the principal pillars of a new branch of science called cognitive neuroscience, a marriage between cognitive psychology and neuroscience."