I’ve been thinking a lot about memory and the brain, again. I feel like I always loop back to stories about memory, the brain, and perception. They are the thing that interests me. That captures my imagination. I thought I would give a memory roundup of some of the things that have been rattling around in my brain the loudest and some of the very interesting stories I’ve re-dug up this week. (Many of them are older, but from what I can tell still relevant.)
Because P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way…
It isn’t just about remembering something or repeating it often. It needs to be repeated in the right kinds of ways, as well as retrieved which is a huge part of things, if I say something to you a thousand times you won’t be nearly as likely to remember it as if I made you say it.
or Spaced Retrieval (which personally makes it easier to remember what we are talking about because words mean things…)
This technique is also called spaced retrieval, because you are retrieving the information from your memory over spaced intervals.
Memory is such a tricky thing, but it isn’t just what we remember that is important, what we forget can change our view of the world.
So, there we have it; it’s not just about how much information we can cram into our memories at once, it also about how much we can keep out.
Next time you find yourself having a hard time remembering a phone number or image, just blame your distracted brain.
It is entirely reasonable to be creative and be not be neurotic. And creativity is so much more than just making art.
One can be creative in any field. There are a lot of uncreative artists and a lot of creative accountants.
Perception is strange. I’ve had a couple things come up this week that make me doubt my memory and my perception of the world, which quite frankly hangs by the thinnest of threads anyway. It helps to remind myself that others have gap filled, confusing, incoherent memories too. Just some people might have a better ability to smooth those gaps and cobble together a cohesive story out of it.
Memory itself is not like a video-recording, with a moment-by-moment sensory image. In fact, it’s more like a puzzle: we piece together our memories, based on both what we actually remember and what seems most likely given our knowledge of the world. Just as we make educated guesses in perception, our minds’ best educated guesses help “fill in the gaps” of memory, reconstructing the most plausible picture of what happened in our past.