The Human Memory Is An Unreliable Storage Of Our Lives Essay

812 Words Oct 19th, 2014 4 Pages
The human memory is an inaccurate storage of our lives, memories are often revised, cut out, or replaced. Jim’s experience with incorrectly recalling the day his parents won the lottery can be due to many different ways the brain forgets information. Jim may know that his parents won the lottery but not have enough paid attention to the specific details of the day. This occurs often with exciting events, you focus so much on what is happening we do not remember particular details. This improper memory storage is called encoding failure. Encoding is the brain’s ability to store information. The day has been brought up so much but he never encoded the specifics of the day because he was so shocked about his parents winning the lottery. Some memories we do encode very well when they happen but over time the memory fades, this is called storage decay. A memory was there but was eventually discarded; the physical trace of them deteriorated. This is common in what we learn in school as children; it is much harder to recall Latin vocabulary terms when you have been out of the class for an extended period of time. The information is no longer useful, and rehearsal of them ceases and the memory is erased. Jim may have not had to recall this memory for a long time since it is not necessarily useful, it is just a day in his past. The memory may have been perfectly encoded when he was a child but has he has grown older he has not had to refer back to it and thus it has faded.…

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