Memory Is A Terrible Thing

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Memory There’s a saying that states a mind is a terrible thing to waste. This saying has been around for as long as I can remember and holds true to the way our minds operate. The complexities on how our brain functions, the mysteries that it holds, the endless possibilities that the mind holds. Memory is what defines us, it’s part of the reason and ability as to how we function every day. If we couldn’t recall the who, what, where, and when events in our daily lives, then we would not be able to have productive days. We glance over our daily ideas in the present time with our short-term working memory, while the past events are stored and begin to learn to mean in our long-term semantic memory. The unfortunate reality to memory is that…show more content…
“Despite the immense processing power of the human brain, it is severely capacity limited. This is dramatically illustrated when we attempt to perform even two simple sensorimotor tasks simultaneously; under these conditions, there is typically significant dual-task interference” (Scalf, Dux, & Marois, 2011). I can relate to this as there are times when I am at work and the workload begins to get overwhelming as my attention is not able to capture all the information that is being presented to me. By the end of the day my mind has been tasked with so much information that it’s hard to retrieve all information that has been stored within me due to the extreme number of stimuli that I am being exposed to. As adults, our memory is constantly being strained due to the amount of day to day events that take place. Children can absorb information and store more in their short-term and long-term memory as they are not tasked with having to juggle more than one thing at once like you do as you get older and responsibilities begin to consume your daily routine. “Functional neuroimaging studies of episodic memory in young adults have identified a core network of brain regions important for successful episodic memory encoding and retrieval” (Ankudowich, Pasvanis, & Rajah, 2016). “Studies comparing context memory tasks (i.e., left/right spatial context decisions and recency/temporal context decisions)

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