Dont Forget to Remember

Why do we forget things? Josh Lewellen 4th period

Why I Chose what I chose?

The reason I chose this topic is because this sort of issue is very prevalent in my life and also in many others. Forgetting seems to be an ever occurring glitch that attempts to slow the processes of our brains. Therefore because of this issue I wish to find the why behind the problem and hopefully after finding this evidence I will be able to discover how to stop it.

Forgetting, What is it?

Our brains are crammed with a massive amount of memories that we have formed over a lifetime of experiences. These memories range from the broad to the most trivial. Also our memories vary in their focus. Therefore the “fuzziness” of our memory can often be just as important in our daily lives as being able to remember lots and lots of information in the first place.

What happens in the Brain

There are two primary memory systems in the human mind, our short term memory that temporarily holds information about just a few things that we are currently thinking about; and a long-lasting memory that can hold large amounts of information gained through a lifetime of thoughts and experiences. Working memory provides detail about the few things we are presently thinking about. Long-term memory provides a much fuzzier picture about lots of different things we have seen or experienced. Although we can hold lots of things in long-term memory, the details of the memory aren’t always clear and are often limited to just the overview of what we saw or what happened.

Memory Investigation 1959

Peterson and Peterson investigated one of the factors that causes our short-term memory to decay: why we forget information in our short-term memory. They conducted an experiment that revealed how time between remembering something and having to recall it affected the life of a memory.

Interesting Stuff

  1. Research shows that the human brain starts remembering things from the womb, memory begins to work 20 weeks after conception.
  2. Memory has two components-short term and long term. Most short-term memories only last 20 to 30 seconds.
  3. Memory based on what you saw vs what you hear is called visual and auditory memory.
  4. The capacity of the human brain is virtually limitless.
  5. Caffeine doesn’t enhance memory, it only increases alertness.