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Forming New Memories

Forming New Memories

Our consciousness is deeply connected to our thinking and memory, and self-remembrance is an automatic feature of our brain.

People who have survived accidents or illness which limit their brain functioning, making them unable to form any new memory, question the presumption we have of our minds being our sole repository of identity.

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People who are unable to form new memories have to adjust to a stark reality of losing their pre-amnesia lives. To live without the means to form any ‘autobiographical’ memory, makes the patients unable to ground their sense of identity, or even orient themselves to maintain a timeline

The identity of ourselves isn’t just limited to the mind, and is in fact the property of the entire body.

A study in how poems take formation provides an insight on Rilkean memory, which encompasses the entire being, and is the complete existent...

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The different kinds of memories

We hold on to different kinds of memories.

  • Short-term memories last seconds to hours and long-term memories last for years.
  • We also have a working memory, which allows us to keep something in mind for a limited time by repea...

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Childhood amnesia

On average, people’s memories stretch back no farther than the age of three and a half.

New science suggests that when we move into adulthood, the brain must let go of much of our childhood.

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Memorizing new material

When we try to memorize new information, we assume that the more work we put in, the better we will do.

But, our memory for new information is the most fragile just after it has first been encoded. It is more susceptible to interference from further information.

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