Archive for Thursday, September 15, 2011

Memory different for different people

September 15, 2011

This week I witnessed an automobile accident, and it was amazing to watch a car spinning and heading the opposite direction. The really surprising thing to me was how a scene this can be witnessed by two people and they both see things differently. It took me a long time to sort out in my mind, and after talking to different people, what really happened. I found that what I thought I saw and what really happened were completely different, and I was within 50 feet of the accident.

There are short-term memories and long-term memories. I evidently have a long-term memory because when I write these articles about Lansing when I was a kid, somehow I can put myself back in the room or location and it all comes back to me. Of course, I have been told that what I can’t remember, I make up. I’ll never tell.

Our memory works by association, and if there is nothing to associate it with we will not likely remember. I have a bad time with names and have been working on trying to improve this by association. Years ago I bought a book called “How to Develop an Exceptional Memory” by Morris N. Young and Walter B. Gibson. I had not looked at that book for years but could remember it had a green cover and was able to locate it downstairs in my book collection in a short time. I bought this book because of the job I had at the time. I had to remember numbers and names, as well as time. Time was an important item then. This book is full of ideas, but you really have to put these ideas to work.

There is an argument against association too. This probably works for some people and that is great. Whatever works for you is the way to go. I understand that now there is a new nasal insulin spray that will someday help people with mild memory problems, or early Alzheimer’s patients, but more research needs to be done. The brain is amazing.

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