I Don't Remember
By Sami B
I Don’t Remember
Hi! I wrote this article to tell people like you about memory. I don’t know everything but I am focusing on how your memories settle in your head. My angle is the cycle of a memory.
Short Term and Long Term Memory
Long term memory is where memories that you need to remember are stored. Long term memory is what this article is mostly about. Also long term memory is the place where data goes so you remember. Short term memory is where things go that aren’t that important that you don’t need to know so you forget it within seconds. Only 7 things can be stored in the short term memory at a time
Once information enters the working memory it has about 15 seconds until the brain decides to take it to long term memory or discard it. About 98% of the information is discarded. Working memory is where conscious mental work is done. If you are solving a math problem like (12+6)-8 you would keep 18 in your working memory while you subtract 8 from it.
All Aboard the Memory Pathways!
The long term memory pathways are the pathways from working memory to long term memory. They include the semantic pathway, the procedural pathway, the automatic pathway, the episodic pathway, and the emotional pathway. These pathways categorize your memories into sections.
Emotional and Automatic Memory Pathways
The emotional memory stores the emotions you feel during a specific time. The emotional memory is located in the amygdala. When a memory enters the brain the amygdala grabs the emotions and goes to work on it. The automatic memory has just been discovered by scientists and stores things such as the alphabet, the multiplication table, and the ability to read but not comprehend. An example of automatic memory is after the first few notes you start singing the song on the radio.
Muscle Memory Pathway
The procedural memory ,also known as the muscle memory, stores memories on how to do a certain action such as ride a bike, walk, cartwheel, and other physical actions.The procedural memory is located in the cerebellum. We can do 2 things at once because of procedural memory. An example is patting your head and rubbing your tummy.
Episodic memory remembers the who, what, when, where, and why. Episodic memory is the collection of past personal experiences that occurred at a particular time and place. The episodic memory can also remember specific times, places, and associated emotions in an event. Events that are recorded in episodic memory can trigger episodic learning. An example of episodic learning is having a fear of dogs after being bitten by a dog.
Semantic Memory Pathway
Semantic Memory includes generalized knowledge that does not involve memory of a specific event. With our semantic memory we can learn about new concepts by applying our knowledge learned from things in the past. Semantic and episodic together creates a category of Declarative Memory which is one of the two divisions in memory. Semantic memory refers to the memory of meaning, understanding, and other concept-based knowledge
A photographic memory can be helpful and not helpful. It is good because if you are studying for an exam your photographic memory will take a snapshot of the book so you remember it. It is bad because if you see something you don’t want to see, such as your grandma shaving, you will remember no matter how much you don’t want to. Most people think that if you have a photographic memory that you can remember things and pictures from months and years but actually people with photographic memories can only remember the picture for a few minutes. Photographic Memory is also known as Eidetic Memory which is the ability to perfectly recall images, sounds, and objects. Photographic Memory is found in few children and is not normally found in adults.
I did a survey about people’s earliest memories and what age they were.
Age 1 2 3 4 5
# of people 1 4 7 7 4
I found out that most people’s earliest memory is from the ages 3-4
In conclusion memory is one of the thing you can’t live without. No matter if it’s something you don’t want to remember or something you do remembering is a part of life and if we didn't remember what a mess we would be!
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