Why Is My Memory So Important?

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Why is our memory so important? Imagine waking up one day and everything and everyone you once knew just becomes strange to you. Your life no longer exists. Family and friends who love you now become strangers; no matter how hard you tried nothing seems to make sense anymore. You feel trapped in this world surrounding you feeling like the walls are just caving in you. Memory is defined as our ability to encode, store, retain and subsequently recall information and past experiences in the human brain. It is the sum total of what we remember, and gives us the capability to learn and adapt from previous experiences as well as build relationships. The cool thing about memory is that it has the ability to influence present and future behavior based on what mistakes we may have learned and remembered from the past. This very ability is key to what makes us a unique species among creatures on this earth. “The mind is a terrible thing to waste”, the power and process of recalling previously learned facts, experiences, impressions, skills and habits is not at all an easy attribute. So now the interesting question on how does the human memory work? Our memories are not stored in our brains as easily as you can click the save icon on a computer. They are actually reconstructions from elements scattered throughout various parts of the brain and are brought together. Memory is related to learning, which is defined as the process by which we our knowledge of the world and modify our
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