We live in a see of numbers: social security numbers, dates, license plate numbers,
prices, zip codes, etc. Yet without a special technique, numbers are very difficult
to memorize because they are so hard to associate. Our brains think with pictures,
not with numbers. It's easier for us to visualize an elephant eating a ham sandwich
than to picture the string of numbers 32334698. But what if we could mentally convert
a number into a word, a word that represents a mental picture? It turns out that
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What is memory
Memory is one of the activities of the human mind. It is the capacity to retain
an impression of past experiences. There are multiple types of classifications for
memory based on duration, nature and retrieval of perceived items.
The main stages in the formation and retrieval of memory, from an information processing
Encoding (processing of received information by acquisition)
Retrieval (calling back the stored information and use
it in a suitable way to execute a given task)
Storage (building a permanent record of received information
as a result of consolidation)
A basic and generally accepted classification (depending on the
duration of memory retention and the amount of stored information during these stages)
identifies three distinct types of memory: Sensory memory, short-term memory, and
long-term memory. The first stage corresponds approximately to the initial moment
that an item is perceived. Some of these information's in the sensory area proceeds
to the sensory store, which is referred to as short-term memory. Sensory memory
is characterized by the duration of memory retention from milliseconds to seconds
and short-term memory from seconds to minutes. Once the information is stored, it
can be retrieved in a period of time, which ranges from days to years and this type
of memory is called long-term memory.
When we are given a seven digit number, we can remember it only for a few seconds
and then forget (short term memory). On the other hand we remember our telephone
numbers, since we have stored it in our brain after long periods of consolidation
(long term memory).
The definition of working memory, which is erroneously used as a synonym
of short-term memory, is based on not only the duration of memory retention but
also the way how it is used in daily life activities. For instance, when we are
asked to multiply 45 with 4 in our head, we have to perform a series of simple calculations
(addition and multiplications) to give the final answer. The process of keeping
in mind all these information for a short period of time is called working memory.
Good example is a chess player, who is playing with multiple opponents at the same
time and trying to remember the positions of stones in all games and using this
information to make a good move, when required.
Long-term memory can further be classified as declarative (explicit) and
Explicit memory requires conscious recall, in other words the information must be
called back consciously when it is required. If this information is about our own
lives (what we ate for breakfast in this morning, our birth date etc.), it is called
episodic memory, if it concerns our knowledge about the world (capital of France,
presidents of US etc.), then it is called semantic memory.
Implicit memory is not based on the conscious recall of information stored in our
brain, but on the habituation or sensitization of learned facts. We perform better
in a given task each time we repeat the task, that is we use our implicit memory
without necessarily remembering the previous experiences but using the previously
learned behaviours unconsciously.
Keep your mind fresh
Keeping body and mind healthy just needs regular gentle exercise, enough to make
the heart beat a little faster and keep the blood reaching all parts of the brain.
But beware, some foods taken over a number of years will clog the brains blood supply.
Fortunately there are other foods and herbs that can do the opposite, and actually
help keep the brain healthy.
Creative thought could not exist without memory. The ability to remember one’s
past experience and use it as a springboard for new potentials is necessary. Without
a clear understanding of what is already known, how could you know that you’d discovered
something unknown? This is especially the case in problem solving. Creative artistic
inspiration draws more on aesthetic considerations. Yet both are dependent upon
the remembrance of known experience as a platform for new creations.
Many people have trouble remembering numbers. All remember things that we care
about, and most of us don't care very much about numbers. The key to remembering
numbers is to translate them into something that we do care about using mnemonics."