Human Memory

1923 Words Jun 1st, 2013 8 Pages
To start with is to understand human memory is a diverse set of cognitive capacities by which we reconstruct past experiences and, retain information usually for present purposes. Memory is one of the most important ways by which our histories define our current actions and experiences. Most notably, the human ability to conjure up long-gone but specific episodes of our lives is both familiar and puzzling, and is a key aspect of personal identity. Memory seems to be a source of knowledge. We remember experiences and events which happened and are not currently happening, so memory differs from perception, so memory is unlike pure imagination. Yet, in practice, there can be close interactions between remembering, perceiving, and imagining. …show more content…
They can be useful in remembering
Symbols red traffic lights, pointing fingers, road signs, etc. can code quite complex messages quickly and effectively.
Our brains evolved to code and interpret complex stimuli such as images, colors, structures, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, positions, emotions and language. We use these to make sophisticated models of the world we live in. Our memories store all of these very effectively. (Mindtools)
Unfortunately, a lot of the information we have to remember in modern life is presented differently as words printed on a page. While writing is a rich and sophisticated medium for conveying complex arguments, our brains do not easily encode written information, making it difficult to remember. (Margalit, 2002)
To remember people 's names needs
A slightly different approach from all the others explained so far in this section. The techniques used, though, are quite simple:
Face association: Examine a person 's face discreetly when you are introduced. Try to find an unusual feature, whether ears, hairline, forehead, eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, complexion, etc. Create an association between that characteristic, the face, and the name in your mind. The association may be to link the person with someone else you know with the same name. Alternatively it may be to associate a rhyme or image of the name with the person 's face or defining feature.
Repetition: When you are introduced, ask for
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