The Scoop on Memory
Have you ever wondered just what memory is? Or, maybe you just want to know what goes on in your head? In this article you’ll find out the answers to those questions.
Memory is when you see, hear, or do something that you are able to remember. Your memories are formed by neurons in your brain sending electrical signals to one another, forming a memory. There are many different types of memory such as long term, short term and sensory memory.
Long Term Memory
Long term memory is when the connections that your neurons formed get strong enough to be easily recalled. Neurons are electric signals in your brain used to form memories. Memories always start as short term or sensory then the more you think about that memory the stronger the connection, making a long term memory.
From short term to long term
Short term memory is the stage before long term memory. When your neurons make a connection, it’s not just a long term memory right off the bat. You have to use that memory to make the connection stronger or it just fades. If it fades you have to form a whole new memory to be able to get a long term memory.
When you store a long term memory in your brain it goes to your hippocampus. There are many types of memories but only long term memories are stored forever. You will have them forever, but you will not always remember them right away. It takes time to access memories you haven’t thought about for a while. An example could be your friend’s phone number. If you knew the phone number but didn’t dial it for a while, it might take a little bit of time to access the memory.
Short term memory
Short term memory is where all of your memories are stored before they form into a long term memory. Anything you see, touch, taste, or feel goes to your short term memory but you have to think about the memory or it’s tossed out. Teachers tell kids to study for a reason.
Have you ever thought you saw something or did something but can’t remember it? Most people have. The reason this happens is because we have seen or done something but your neurons did not make a strong enough connection or the connection was discarded from you brain.
Neurons in your brain are connecting all the time, but many of the connections don’t form to make a long term memory. Though, if you make the connection the memory can be linked to another memory, many times if they are similar. Just because you can’t remember doesn’t mean your neurons don’t make a signal, just try to remember something similar and it could come to you because your neurons made a connection.
Sleep is vital to your memory. It is like the battery that makes you brain tick, if its charged your brain works great, if it’s not your brain works extra hard to do simple things. Many people don’t feel tired when they are tired, but your brain is in overdrive and can’t process everything.In other words, we need sleep. People who don’t get enough sleep don’t do as good in school and if you have basically no sleep you can have hallucinations.
Food is like sleep. It is vital to your memory. You need food. Think of a clock if all the parts were not working or jammed it would not work. Food is one of the parts. Healthy food can keep your brain running and refreshed. But like sleep your brain has to have it.
Diseases can hurt your memory. Diseases in the brain usually are in one part of the brain. Memory is stored virtually everywhere in your brain so diseases can really affect your memory. Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that is in parts of the brain that store memory, so it can make you forget items you knew all your life. In a way diseases are like thieves stealing your memory.
Too Much stuff
Too much stuff going on or having a lot to do can stop your memory from being at its best. Most people can’t remember things when they are scared, stressed, straining themselves, or just have too many thoughts going on at once. There is a way to remember when you are stressed or scared. All you have to do is take a breath and try to remember while relaxing.
Now you know a lot about memory. You know what makes it tick, and what hurts it. You could have done all that research yourself but you made the right choice by reading this article. You really do have The Scoop On Memory.
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