Sunday, November 11, 2012

Will I Always Remember Christian and Ana? Depends...

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Hah!  Suckered you in!  This is a blog on memory.  Although I must say that I will probably always remember Fifty Shades Fifty Shades of Grey as well as I remember reading my first "adult" fiction at the tender age of 13. And I do remember it, The Golden Hawk by Frank Yerby.  It was one of those bodice rippers with the hunky sea captain thing going on.  Forward (didn't I just see that word used in some campaign? How soon we forget.) then to the topic.   On Feb. 22 of this year, I wrote a blog entitled: Every memory soon becomes fiction. It's a quote from Ernest Hemingway.   I found this article in the Huffington Post and I thought I'd pass it on because so many of us baby boomers are worried about Alzheimer's.  We'll walk from one room to the next with a purpose to do so and by the time we get to the other room...realize we have forgotten that purpose.  Not to worry.  There's a reason for it and many of the other worrisome memory lapses we might have.  Hopefully this will relieve you of some of your anxiety.    Read more...
"6 Types of Normal Memory Problems
Some people have the ability to remember things better than others, just as some people are better at math or athletics. Similarly, healthy people, regardless of age, can experience memory loss or memory distortion. Daniel Schacter, a psychology professor at Harvard University, describes what he calls six common "sins," or flaws, of memory below. Some of these memory problems become more pronounced with age, but unless they are extreme and persistent, none are considered to be indicators of dementia.
  • Transience. This is the tendency to forget facts or events over time. Although transience might seem like a sign of memory weakness, brain scientists regard it as beneficial because it clears the brain of unused memories, making way for newer, more useful ones.

  • Absent-mindedness. This type of forgetting occurs when you don't pay close enough attention to what you are doing or hearing; for example, misplacing your glasses or car keys. Because you were thinking of something else, your brain didn't encode the information securely. Absent-mindedness also involves forgetting to do something at a prescribed time, like keeping an appointment.

  • Blocking. This is the temporary inability to retrieve a memory -- "It's on the tip of my tongue." Blocking occurs when a memory is properly stored in your brain but something keeps you from finding it. In many cases, the blocked memory is similar to another one, and you retrieve the wrong one. This competing memory, though, is so intrusive that you can't think of the memory you want -- like when you call your younger son by your older son's name.

  • Misattribution. This memory problem occurs when you recall something accurately in part, but incorrectly recall some detail, like the time, place or person involved. As with several other kinds of memory lapses, misattribution becomes more common with age, for two reasons. First, as you age, you absorb fewer details when acquiring information, because you have somewhat more trouble concentrating and processing information rapidly. Second, when you get older, your memories grow older as well -- and old memories are especially prone to misattribution.

  • Suggestibility. This is the vulnerability of memory to the power of suggestion -- information that you learn about an occurrence after the fact. Suggestibility can be the culprit in recollections of incidents from your childhood that never really happened.

  • Bias. One enduring myth about memory is that it records what you perceive and experience with complete, objective accuracy. In reality, your perceptions are filtered and influenced by personal biases -- your experiences, beliefs, prior knowledge and even your mood at the moment -- both when a memory is being encoded in the brain and when it is being retrieved. People prone to depression, for example, remember negative information better than positive information."
One of the all time best memory quotes:  “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” 
― Mark Twain

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