Facts About Human Brain Memory

By | May 13, 2016

Facts About Human Brain Memory

Different Types Of Memory

A good memory is truly important for anyone to possess. Your memory of faces, names, facts, information, dates, events, circumstances and other things concerning your everyday life is the measure of your ability to prevail in today’s fast-paced, information-dependent society. With a good memory, you don’t have to fear forgetting/misplacing important stuffs and you can overcome mental barriers that hinder you from achieving success in your career, love life, and personal life.

Your memory is composed of complicated neural connections in your brain which are believed to be capable of holding millions of data. The ability of your mind to retain past experiences in a highly organized manner gives you the potential to learn and create different ideas. Your experiences are the stepping stones to greater accomplishments and at the same time your guides and protectors from danger. If your memory serves you well in this respect, you are saved the agony of repeating the mistakes of the past. By remembering crucial lessons and circumstances, you avoid the mistakes and failures made by other people.

Unless you have an illness or handicap, a poor memory is often attributed to lack of attention or concentration, insufficient listening skills, and other inherent bad habits; however, it can be honed and developed using the right methods.

Many people believe that their memory gets worse as they get older. This is true only for those who do not use their memory properly. Memory is like a muscle – the more it is used, the better it gets. The more it is neglected, the worse it gets. This is the reason why older people have more trouble remembering than younger ones. However, people increasing in age can overcome this dilemma and can even further improve their memory by continuing their education, by refining their minds, by keeping themselves open to new experiences, and by keeping their imagination working.

An important thing to realize is that different people have various ways of learning. The way in which people learn is often a factor determining the subjects they choose to study, instructors they relate to, and careers they select.

Memorization or retention of data operates by loading images, sounds, taste, smell, and sensation (touch) in a very organized and meaningful combination in our brain.


There Are Three Types Of Brain Memory:

Sensory Memory is where temporary information is briefly recorded. Images such as a picture in a magazine and the design on your customer’s clothing are momentarily stored in the sensory memory. It will be quickly replaced by another sensory memory unless you do something to retain it.

Short-term Memory, characterized by 20 to 30 seconds of retention, involves a limited amount of information, and is necessary in traditional processing of experiences and ordinary data gathering (everyday sensation and perception). For example, you were taught by your professor some great techniques on how to easily solve complicated Mathematics problems. The next time you take a Mathematics exam, you may possibly remember some of the formulas, but it’s doubtful you’ll be able to recall and apply all the methods being taught.

Long-term Memory involves consolidation and organization of complex knowledge and information for further reference and other cognitive (mental) processing such as the application of learning or information into meaningful experiences. Examples would include your birthday, your father’s name, and your home’s appearance.

Short-term and Long-term memories are concerned with how you continually organize data that are stored in your brain. In short, human memory is like a vast and complicated yet organized library, rather than a trash can or disordered store room.

In order for you to further develop your memory capacity in various tasks, it would be helpful if you consider points and ideas in improving your memory. This would make your retention practices more efficient and sharper.

Please feel free to comment below if you have any thoughts to share.

10 thoughts on “Facts About Human Brain Memory

  1. RuthM

    When you talk about memory are you talking to an extent about Alzheimers, as a function of this problem is losing your memory?

    This is really interesting. My Parents are in their 70s and they keep pretty active, but I see signs from my Mum that she is forgetting things. Reading your article has helped me think about this in more depth.. Interesting.

    Reply
    1. wesley Post author

      Hi RuthM

      thank you for visiting my website. I am glad that you have found some useful information here. Dementia if not treated early can lead to Alzheimer’s disease which is incurable. Having an active and healthy lifestyle can help to prevent memory loss. Best wishes.

      Wesley

      Reply
  2. Spencer

    I really enjoyed reading this post, because it was a flashback to some psychology lessons from my freshman year in college. On top of that, I actually learned a couple new things. I personally find anything brain related fascinating. Overall just keep up the hard work and i look forward to more post from you in the future.

    Reply
    1. wesley Post author

      Hi Spencer

      I am glad that you have enjoyed reading my post. Our brain is the most important and complicated system in our human body. Our body system will not function if our brain is not working properly. We need to take care of it just like we need to breath air every second.

      Wesley

      Reply
  3. Jessica

    Your post is so true. I think everyone complains about their memory the older they get. The old walking into the room and then forgetting why you are in there. Are there any techniques that someone could start doing at home that could improve their memory? Or is it just continuing some sort of education?

    Reply
    1. wesley Post author

      Hi Jessica

      thank you for stopping by. Home Gardening is a good technique to prevent further memory loss. It keeps you busy and active and is also a daily activity. Listening to music is a therapy, it can shift mood, manage stress and stimulate positive interactions. Music boosts brain activity and help to Prevent Aging Memory Loss.

      Wesley

      Reply
  4. Nick

    Very interesting post about how memory works. I didn’t realize that it’s kind of like a muscle where it’s a “use it or lose it” type of deal.

    It makes a lot of sense when you think about it because kids learn a lot in school while growing up. And then adults learn at lot at their jobs. But when someone retires and stays at home all day, there’s not a lot of new learning going on anymore.

    Do you think a good way to help strengthen and improve memory would be to read a lot of new books? I know my grandpa reads everyday and his memory is still pretty good even though he is in his 70’s.

    Reply
    1. wesley Post author

      Hi Nick

      Thanks for sharing your learning memory. Just like muscles, the brain benefits from a good workout. And reading is more neurobiologically demanding than processing images and speeches. By reading we are forced to construct, to produce narrative and to imagine the story. Hence, your grandpa is taking the right step in maintaining an active mind by reading books everyday.

      Wesley

      Reply
  5. Adrian

    I think you’re right in saying that many people believe that their memory gets worse as they get older, which you say is true for those who don’t use their memory properly.

    I agree that your memory is like a muscle that has to be exercised because if you don’t then it get weaker, so the key is keep on learning and be open to new experiences.

    We are all different in how we learn, so it’s up to each of us to find the method of learning that suits us best, thank you for reminding me just how important it is to have a good memory as we can’t afford to let it go bad.

    Reply
    1. wesley Post author

      Hi Adrian,

      Glad that you enjoyed reading my articles on aging memory loss. Our memory changes with age and it is therefore important to keep our brain constantly engaged. Just like muscle strength, we need to use our brain or risk losing it. Physical activity (gets blood flow to the brain), eating well (provides the brain with nutrients), and challenges (like learning a new language) are the best ways to preserve your memory and keep your brain healthy.

      Wesley

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*