How Does Memory Affect Our Lives

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Believe it or not, memory affects all aspects of our lives. “Is memory a process or a place? Well the answer to that is not simple. Memory is a process but also has a place in the brain. Perhaps the best definition of memory is that it’s an active system that receives information from the senses, organizes and alters it as it stores it away, and then retrieves the information from storage.” (Ciccarelli, Harrigan, Fritzley. (2010) pg. 230) We have insane amounts of memory stored inside our brains that are divided between Sensory, short term and long term memory. Throughout the day we access these parts of the brain without even noticing it. So then if our memory has unlimited capacity, then why do we forget? Our organization plays a huge role …show more content…
The first stage encoding is the initial recording of information. Whether you are listening to a lecture, watching a movie or listening to music you are encoding information into memory. "Some information gets into memory, virtually automatically while other information takes effort. “. (Santrock, John W., Mittener, John D. 2001. pg. 219) Next, the information is transferred to storage- the retention of information over time. After encoding the information, we need to retain it. The three main stores of memory are the sensory, short-term and long-term memory which varies according to memory. The first stage of memory, sensory memory holds information from the environment in its original sensory form for only an instant. sensory memory is very detailed, but the information in it is very quickly lost unless certain processes are engaged in the transfer to short-term or long-term. The second stage of memory, short-term- a limited capacity memory system in which information is retained for as long as thirty seconds unless the information is rehearsed in which case would transfer into the long term memory. The last stage, long-term memory- a relatively permanent type of memory that holds huge amounts of information for a long period of time. "Von Neumann assumed we never forget anything, but we know that 's not true, although we can retain several billion more information than a large computer we still forget …show more content…
A mnemonic device- is any learning technique that aids information retention in the human memory. There are three basic principles to mnemonics- Use mental, principles, make things meaningful, make information familiar, form bizarre, unusual or exaggerated mental associations. “Memory experts entertain by giving demonstrations in which they memorize the names of everyone at the banquet, the order of all the cards in a deck, long lists of words, or other seemingly impossible accounts of information. Suh fates may seem like magic, but if they are, you can have a magic memory too. These tricks are performed through the use of mnemonics.” (Coon,D. (1991) pg. 327) This would help make use of Elaborative encoding, retrieval cues, and imagery as specific tools to encode any given information in a way that allows for efficient storage and retrieval. Why would you need that when you can just put a little extra effort in a improve your memory. Organizing your thoughts will help as well. Try taking notes differently, like writing in different colored pens for different terms. This would make the notes easier to read as it’s not all black and white. You’re eating habits and nutrition also play a huge role in your ability to remember information. Eating healthy gives you a lot more energy and also you to stay focused and motivated. So just that little bit of extra effort can

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