Adaptive changes in human memory: a literature review

  • Agnieszka Laura Sabiniewicz 1. Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw,2. Institute of Psychology, University of Padua
  • Piotr Sorokowski Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw
Keywords: adaptation, environmental changes, long-term memory, short-term memory, working memory, sensory memory


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.

Author Biographies

Agnieszka Laura Sabiniewicz, 1. Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw,2. Institute of Psychology, University of Padua

PhD student

scientific interests: psychology

Piotr Sorokowski, Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw

PhD, Head of Institute of Psychology; Head of Experimental Psychology Unit

scientific interests: cross-cultural psychology, cultural studies, qualitative research


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How to Cite
Sabiniewicz, A. L., & Sorokowski, P. (2017). Adaptive changes in human memory: a literature review. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 8(1), 79-87.