Developmental Theories of Behavior and Memory

Developmental Theories of Behavior and Memory

Of significance from this week’s selected readings, include but not limited the Erik Erickson theory of development, the process of memory formation and techniques of boosting the memory. Indeed, I find these issues fascinating because I can relate to them in both personal and work lives. Primarily, Erickson’s psychosocial developmental theory identifies developmental tasks at every stage of development that individuals must accomplish to move into the next stage. Failure to do so will result in poor psychosocial development. Secondly, the memory formation process is also worth noting from this week’s readings. It entails the encoding, storing and retrieving actions of the brain. Lastly, the techniques for boosting one’s memory that I can relate to are the use of rehearsal for newly learnt information and linking already known the information to the new one (Rathus, 2013).

Currently, the concept that I can relate more vividly to my persona is the Erickson’s psychosocial developmental theory. Such is the case given that with this knowledge I am well conversant with what I ought to achieve at this developmental stage. For instance, currently, I lie in the stage of generativity versus stagnation where my developmental task is to care or to get concerned about the contributions I make to the world (Rathus, 2013). Evidently, with this clear aim for my developmental stage in mind, it is beyond question that I have a purpose of where I need to go and what it takes to get there.

Finally, the idea that I choose to utilize in my future work life is the one that enables me to enhance my memory capacity. Notable techniques that I may opt to use in the future to meet this purpose include but limited to the rehearsal of newly learnt information, and linking the already known information to the new one. Such strategies are effective in boosting the mental capabilities of an individual even in stressful work situations as noted by Rathus, (2013). Similarly, in my job life, these techniques will enable me to think straight even when the going gets tough.


Rathus, S. A. (2013). Psychology: Concepts & connections : brief version. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.