Friday, February 26, 2010

The Brain, Store house of Memory Part II

Saving data in the Brain:
Whether it is learning to read, remembering our first love, recognizing an aroma or noting a telephone number, not a single moment in our lives escapes our memory; even dreams can be partially recalled from sleep. From the moment of birth- and even before then- our memory is constantly registering, sorting and ordering the tiniest pieces of information that it considers worth saving. Thanks to this valuable ability, we are able to take note of our experiences and remember them.

Information can be held in the memory simply forgotten or fade away with time. The key is our consciously increased capacity for retention- in other words, how much attention we devote to it without this capacity we data passing the nerve endings in the brain would simply rush by and be erased within a few tenths of a second.

This is fortunate, since forgetting is a very useful tool when it comes to ordering our thoughts and filtering useless information. If our brain cells could retain every crap of conversation that we hear in the course of the day, we would soon so no longer know what was happening in our heads. So our memory is constantly busy selection and ordering information is to us at present or will be for the future. A lot depends on the emotions that we associate with the information, as well as the relationship it has to our personality and experiences. Some messages are only stored for about ten seconds- the time needed, for example, to remember a telephone number and dial it – and discarded immediately. We seldom succeed in recalling such fleeting information.


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