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Memories, the vivid remembrances of our past, can be highly subjective. Most of us assume that memories are rigid and infallible, but they can never be the exact representations of the past because they were not copied in our minds with perfect fidelity.
Many of our memories change over time and can be confused by other people’s narrations and even our own dreams and imagination.
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The process that provides us with vivid memories is the same one that we are using to imagine something. The mind treats past memory the same way as a future imagination. This also indicates that apart from the present moment, the past and future are just mental constructs.
Our memories are crucial not only for learning and remembering but also for imagination and creativity.
We have to recognize our tendency to reinforce our own narrative, and instead be aware of the fluid nature of memory.
Our memories are a major component in our learning process, and all knowledge that we accumulate is stored in memory. Effective learning happens when we hook something that we learn to something already in our memory, in a meaningful context. This creates a strong learnin...
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Certain smells that are associated in our minds to events or locations from the past, trigger our memories to revisit them. This association of the past through the sense of smell works better and is more vivid than the sense of touch or sight.
Example: Smelling the pa...
Even if we do have a few distinct memories that survive the cycles of growth and decay, we can never fully trust them. Some may be entirely fabricated.
The research demonstrated that our earliest memories are a blend of real recollections, stories we copied from others, an...
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