What sub-systems of memory are universal enough to be used in most professional settings?

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The practical application of different aspects of memory in a professional setting entails the activation of sensory, short, or long term memory for the production or completion of tasks. 

One aspect of memory that is applicable to every profession involving an employer and an employee is the Pavlovian Stimulus-Reaction aspect of memory, also known as classical or Pavlovian conditioning. This is an aspect of memory that takes place in the amydala and belongs to the procedural category of the Long Term Memory System. It is mainly a process that creates behaviors into habits or, in less complex situation, helps internalize rules and expectations using rewards and feedback as motivators.

This is an important aspect of memory to target toward a professional working relationship because it is through stimulus/response, stimulus/feedback, and stimulus/response/feedback, that professionals learn to internalize what is expected of them. Using this same process, they will feel the motivation to follow rules and do what is expected since there is a reward or feedback awaiting upon completion.

When these aspects of memory are properly applied, the learned and internalized behaviors of the professional will automatically move on to long term memory. If the same application of the process continues, the behavior may even become a habit.

An example of similar consideration is the relationship between a teacher and a student. When the relationship consistently presents a stimulus/response/feedback model, the student will internalize the expected outcomes of a plan, or a rubric, and will likely perform at a top level the completion of all tasks. It is no different with professionals who, perhaps, may even need more support and validation in a very competitive professional world.


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