How Memories are Formed

By Sam Hanner

Step 1 Encoding

The first step to forming memories is encoding. Your brain does this all the time when your watching, TV doing homework, and every thing else you see, hear, feel, taste, and smell. If your brain did not do this step you would not be able to remember both short team and long term memories.

Step 2 Storage

The step is storage. The brain has two different types of stored memories, short term and long term. After your memories are encoded they first go into short term things like what you had for lunch last Monday and other none important details with out a lot of feelings involved in them. Long term memories are kept for ever basically but some you my not be able to recall later on in life most times long term memories have a lot of feeling and emotions involved in them such as a getting a new pet.

Step 3 Remembering

A memory would not be a memory if you could not remember it. Remembering is the last step in forming memories. Somethings can bring up a memory because it reminds of that memory, some things that may bring up memories are songs, feelings, objects, and etc.


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