Remembering and Forgetting.

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.

 

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2 Responses to Remembering and Forgetting.

  1. amy stewart says:

    this is a very interesting concept as i have always found what we remember to be a intrical component in shaping both, who we are and who become. It is intriguing to witness how two people experiencing the same exact situation, can come away with two very different memories of that event. I also find it interesting, that often, our current reality and beliefs can influence what we remember. In otherwords, often, people choose to remember things that validate their “already- formed” beliefs. They search out these validations and remember them as such, while discounting and forgetting things that do not validate their current beliefs. very interesting read, with much relevance in the learning environment. thank you.

  2. lludo2013 says:

    Amy, you made a valid point. It is because of our experiences and beliefs the we commit information to our long term memory. We make sense of information when we combine it with our experiences and beliefs.

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