Adaptive changes in human memory: a literature review

Agnieszka Laura Sabiniewicz, Piotr Sorokowski

Abstract


The paper contains a review of the literature concerning memory abilities and human senses performance under different environmental circumstances. A number of studies indicated that environment has a significant impact on human senses functioning. It can affect it in a mechanical way, by a chronic exposure to potentially harmful substances or processes in different work environments. Also, some cognitive abilities that have evolved to perform evolutionary essential functions lost their importance because of the change of environment impact. Moreover, training can be a source of improvement of both human senses and cognitive abilities, as well. That might suggest that, while using, under different environmental circumstances different cognitive abilities develop. We take into a particular consideration human memory and its role, show current studies in this field and suggest new research directions.


Keywords


adaptation; environmental changes; long-term memory; short-term memory; working memory; sensory memory

Full Text:

PDF

References


Alberti, P. (1998). Noise-induced hearing loss–a global problem. Advances in Noise Research, 1, 7-15.

Ardila, A., Bertolucci, P. H., Braga, L. W., Castro-Caldas, A., Judd, T., Kosmidis, M. H., ... & Rosselli, M. (2010). Illiteracy: the neuropsychology of cognition without reading. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 25(8), 689-712.

Ardila, A., Ostrosky-Solis, F., & Mendoza, V. U. (2000). Learning to read is much more than learning to read: a neuropsychologically based reading program. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6(07), 789-801.

Baddeley, A., Eyesenck, M., & Anderson, M. (2009). Memory. East Sussex: Psychology Press.

Carlsson, M., Dahl, G. B., Öckert, B., & Rooth, D. O. (2015). The effect of schooling on cognitive skills. Review of Economics and Statistics, 97(3), 533-547.

Cashdan, E., Marlowe, F. W., Crittenden, A., Porter, C., & Wood, B. M. (2012). Sex differences in spatial cognition among Hadza foragers. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33(4), 274-284.

da Silva, M. N., Shepard Jr, G. H., & Yu, D. W. (2005). Conservation implications of primate hunting practices among the Matsigenka of Manu National Park. Neotropical Primates, 13(2), 31-36.

Folia, V., & Kosmidis, M. H. (2003). Assessment of memory skills in illiterates: Strategy differences or test artifact? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 17, 143–152.

Gislén, A., Warrant, E. J., Dacke, M., & Kröger, R. H. (2006). Visual training improves underwater vision in children. Vision Research, 46(20), 3443-3450.

Gollin, L. (2004). Subtle and profound sensory attributes of medicinal plants among the Kenyah leppo’ke of east Kalimantan, Borneo. Journal of Ethnobiology, 24, 173-201.

Herz, R. S., & Engen, T. (1996). Odor memory: review and analysis. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 3(3), 300-313.

Huanca, T. (2006). Tsimane'oral tradition, landscape, and identity in tropical forest. Wa Gui: La Paz.

Kearins, J. M. (1981). Visual spatial memory in Australian Aboriginal children of desert regions. Cognitive Psychology, 13(3), 434-460.

Lee, Y. S., Lu, M. J., & Ko, H. P. (2007). Effects of skill training on working memory capacity. Learning and Instruction, 17(3), 336-344.

Levi, T., Shepard Jr, G. H., Ohl‐Schacherer, J., Peres, C. A., & Yu, D. W. (2009). Modelling the long‐term sustainability of indigenous hunting in Manu National Park, Peru: landscape‐scale management implications for Amazonia. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46(4), 804-814.

Marlowe, F. W. (2005). Hunter-gatherers and human evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News and Reviews, 14(2), 54-67.

Marlowe, F. W. (2009). Hadza cooperation. Human Nature, 20(4), 417-430.

Mohr, S., & Fehn, A. M. (2014). Phonology of hunting signs in two Kalahari-Khoe speaking groups (Ts' ixa and|| Ani). Paper presented at the 87th Annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, MA, USA.

Olesen, P. J., Westerberg, H., & Klingberg, T. (2004). Increased prefrontal and parietal activity after training of working memory. Nature Neuroscience, 7(1), 75-79.

Porter, J., Craven, B., Khan, R. M., Chang, S. J., Kang, I., Judkewitz, B., ... & Sobel, N. (2007). Mechanisms of scent-tracking in humans. Nature Neuroscience, 10(1), 27-29.

Reyes-García, V., Pyhälä, A., Díaz-Reviriego, I., Duda, R., Fernández-Llamazares, Á., Gallois, S., ... & Napitupulu, L. (2016). Schooling, local knowledge and working memory: a study among three contemporary hunter-gatherer societies. PloS one, 11(1), e0145265-e0145265.

Rodrigues, E., & Carlini, E. A. (2005). Ritual use of plants with possible action on the central nervous system by the Krahô Indians, Brazil. Phytotherapy Research, 19(2), 129-135.

Shepard Jr, G. H. (1992). Pharmacognosy and the senses in two Amazonian societies Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.

Shepard Jr, G. H. (1998). Psychoactive plants and ethnopsychiatric medicines of the Matsigenka. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 30(4), 321-332.

Shepard Jr, G. H. (2004). A sensory ecology of medicinal plant therapy in two Amazonian societies. American Anthropologist, 106(2), 252-256.

Song, J. H., Skoe, E., Banai, K., & Kraus, N. (2012). Training to improve hearing speech in noise: biological mechanisms. Cerebral Cortex, 22(5), 1180-1190.

Sorokowska, A., Sorokowski, P., Hummel, T., & Huanca, T. (2012). Olfaction and environment: Tsimane'of Bolivian rainforest have lower threshold of odor detection than industrialized German people. PloS one, 8(7), e69203-e69203.

Stevenson, R. J. (2010). An initial evaluation of the functions of human olfaction. Chemical Senses, 35(1), 3-20.

Vashro, L., & Cashdan, E. (2015). Spatial cognition, mobility, and reproductive success in northwestern Namibia. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36(2), 123-129.

Wagner, D. A. (1974). The development of short-term and incidental memory: a cross-cultural study. Child Development, 45(2), 389-398.

Zahodne, L. B., Glymour, M. M., Sparks, C., Bontempo, D., Dixon, R. A., MacDonald, S. W., & Manly, J. J. (2011). Education does not slow cognitive decline with aging: 12-year evidence from the Victoria Longitudinal Study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 17(06), 1039-1046.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2017 Agnieszka Laura Sabiniewicz, Piotr Sorokowski

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.