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How Do We Remember?

Monarch butterfly...with fond memories of a cool spring afternoon. Photo by Mackenzie BrunsonPhoto by Magnate Lab

No one is able to explain the brain’s ability to remember and use its knowledge and experience, albeit we know about the various types of memory and methods that help us to remember.

Memory is the ability to keep the knowledge of what we have learned or experienced. All you have experienced, it leaves a trace in the brain. The traces gradually fade if it does not get inspired with similar or repeated experience, or if you do not renew them.

In fact, it’s more difficult to remember than to recognize. If teacher asked if you remember what he said in class on some subject last week, it would be more difficult to remember treated subjects than that if he mentioned the topic and asked you about whether it has already been discussed or not.

There are several ways of remembering. One of them is a memory. If you, a few days after some party, ask yourself for the names of people who were present, you would try to remember their names and faces. If someone asks you if Jack was at the party, you would be able to remember people who were present at the party by their names.

In addition to this way of remembering, it is possible to remember with use of associations. When you experience something, you usually have another experience (experience of something else at the same time), before or after the first experience. Such experiences connect or associate, and when you remember or recognize such an experience, you will remember of experience connected to it, too.

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The third way is by remembering images. For example, for someone is easier to remember events from the previous year thanks to the created image object that is seen or due to visual performance. This is called visual memory. Likewise, for someone, it is easier to remember a song that was read. This is called auditory memory.


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