The Human Brain, By Laura King 's Book, She Mentions How Our Memory

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Think back to when you were a child, you had that one perfect day that you promised yourself that you would never forget. Fast forward to twenty years later and you barely remember the main things that had happened that day. Memory is defined as the retention of information or experience over time as the result of three key processes which are encoding, storing, and retrieving. How is it that some people can remember everything that has happened to them starting from the day they were born, while others can barely remember what they had for breakfast that day? This has to do with our encoding process and how well our brain stores information which we will discuss later. In Laura King’s book, she mentions how our memory is at work with each step you take, each thought you think, and each word you speak. Through memory, you weave the past into the present. The human brain is perhaps the most complex living structure known in the universe (Mastin 1). There are so many unanswered questions that scientists are searching for and our brain is like that of the universe, it is unexplainable. In the past, memory was thought of as a simple file cabinet, but scientists have found that it is a complex system made of multiple stages: encoding, storing, and retrieving. The first step in memory is encoding, which is the process by which information gets into memory storage. Everything that you look at, see, touch, or even taste is already getting encoded into your memory. However, there…

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