You may notice that you see so many new things on the internet, read factual books or watch fascinating self-help videos on youtube or tik tok, but once you come away from these, it can often feel so hard to remember and use what you have just learned....
This is because, as adults, our brain is designed to forget on average around 80% of all new input that we see, listen to, or read about each month, and consciously we are very limited with our skills. This selective memory capacity is necessary to enable our brains to work efficiently and to be focused on the priority task, of handling our day-to-day lives above all else.
So, unless we are repeatedly listening to the same audios, or re-reading the same information over and over again, or practicing, physically using our new learnings in an "experiential" way, we can not expect to use or access this new information on demand. (Even when we may need it the most).
Unconsciously, we can access much more of the information that we have been exposed to day to day, even when we may have forgotten it consciously, but this often requires using certain specialist techniques (such as hypnosis) to open up and gain full access to our mind.
If I ask for your phone number, for example, you can probably recall it, almost instantly.
But the real question is, where was this information before I asked you for it?
As modern science progresses, we are learning so much more about the brain and memory functioning, as well as the continual research and fight to cure conditions such as Alzheimer's and Dementia.
❤ So, if you are interested in learning more about memory, then do read on, because here are ten facts that you may find interesting to learn about your own memory function.
⭐1) Many imagine that we "store" our memories in our brain in a location, like a filing cabinet, but our memories are not stored in one place at all
Modern neuroscience tells us that when we "Re-member" something we pull the information from all different parts of our brain and it is recreated and assembled internally, using the same process as we use to create holograms in the outside world.
It is literally "re - membered" i.e. it is put together from different circuits of neuron activity all over your brain.
⭐2) We never remember actual events in our life, we only ever remember the last time that we remembered them.
This means that when you recall something you are not recalling the event itself, but are just recalling your last "memory" of that event.
This is why our memories cannot be fully trusted, as the information can change slightly each time we recall something.
If memory is special or important, then it is always a good idea to write it down or to keep reliving it in some way, (imagined, using photos or records, or verbally) so that you can keep it as fresh and as accurate as possible.
⭐3) Memories are held together by emotional glue.
Our emotions act as the "glue" that holds a memory together.
We only know what is real and what isn´t from the way that a memory “feels” in our body and the strength of our emotions around an event dictates whether an event is of high importance or relevance to us, and what our automatic response will be next time we experience something that reminds us of this.