September 21, 2014
Memories in the Making
A solid memory relies upon the wellbeing and strength of your brain. Whether you're an undergraduate studying for finals, a working adult wanting to stay on top of your mental sharpness, or a senior looking to save and increase your memory as you age, there are loads of things you can do to enhance and improve your memory. With the practice of proper techniques, the human brain can form new memories, change existing memories, enhance the memory already there, or even become a memory superstar like Joshua Foer (Hockenbury & Hockenbury 270).
In Peter Doolittle’s video How Your Working Memory Makes Sense of the World he explains that working memory is a part of our brain that is never at rest, it’s always “working”. There are four basic components to working memory: storing some immediate experiences and a little bit of knowledge, reaching back into longterm memory and pulling some of that information in as we need it, and leveraging the longterm information as we need in a way that allows us to satisfy our current goal. He goes on to explain that the working memory is great in allowing us to communicate, reason at high levels, and have high levels of writing ability, but the main issue is that it’s limited in capacity, duration, and focus. We tend to remember about four things for about to 10 to 20 seconds unless we do something with it, process it, apply it to something, or talk about it to someone else. We need to think elaborately and illustratively, relate new knowledge to old knowledge, and think of images in our head to help us remember. Organization and support are two more strategies we can use to also help us encode our shortterm memories. I can remember just the other day I was studying for an exam in my health and nutrition class when I came
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