I recently read an article about how we remember and why we forget on the website Brain Connection. http://brainconnection.positscience.com/how-we-remember-and-why-we-forget/. In this article the author had and interesting view on memory. The author explored how experiences become memories, and examined whether the way that we create and store memories can influence the way we learn. The author believes that understanding of memory allows us to understand the role of experience in shaping our lives, which is a critical tool for effective learning. The article describes the how memory is divided into categories based on the amount of time the memory lasts: the shortest memories lasting only milliseconds are called immediate memories, memories lasting about a minute are called working memories, and memories lasting anywhere from an hour to many years are called long-term memories. I especially found the comparison between the computer and the human brain interesting. Unlike the computer the human brain will recall a best friend’s phone number by bringing to mind the friend’s face, a pleasant conversation that occurred, and the title of the movie that the two might be going to see. While computer memories are discrete and informationally simple, human memories are tangled together and informationally complex. Great article and good website to explore in the future to gain more understanding of the brain (Ashish Ranpura).
Ashish Ranpura earned his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience at Yale University, where he studied the cellular basis of learning and memory. He began his career in science journalism at National Public Radio’s “Science Friday,” and continues to be deeply interested in promoting public understanding of science. He is currently conducting research on cognitive development underlying number perception and arithmetical skills.