Human Memory

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To start with is to understand human memory is a diverse set of cognitive capacities by which we reconstruct past experiences and, retain information usually for present purposes. Memory is one of the most important ways by which our histories define our current actions and experiences. Most notably, the human ability to conjure up long-gone but specific episodes of our lives is both familiar and puzzling, and is a key aspect of personal identity. Memory seems to be a source of knowledge. We remember experiences and events which happened and are not currently happening, so memory differs from perception, so memory is unlike pure imagination. Yet, in practice, there can be close interactions between remembering, perceiving, and imagining. Burge (2003) It is essential for much reasoning and decision-making, both individual and collective. It is connected in not easily distinguishable ways with dreaming. Some memories are shaped by language, others by imagery. Much of our moral and social life depends on the peculiar ways in which we are dedicated to function in time. Memory goes wrong in a practical, transistory mundane and minor, or in dramatic and disastrous ways. Although an understanding of memory is likely to be important in making sense of the continuity of the self, of the relation between mind and body, and of our experience of time, it has often been curiously neglected by philosophers. This entry's primary focus is on that part of contemporary philosophical discussion of memory which is continuous with the development of theories in the cognitive and social sciences: attention to these interdisciplinary fields of memory studies is driving renewed work on the topic. Many problems about memory require us to cross philosophical traditions and sub disciplines, touching on phenomenology, philosophy of psychology, epistemology, social theory, and ethics at once. Burge (2003) Objectives

To learn ways of remembering ideas, notes through mind boggling techniques To learn how to challenge our brains
How to take care of our health in order to enhance good memory. Developing our ability to remember
These are common instances where a good memory is important. Memory is more than recalling information for examinations or games. It's an important work skill that you can develop and improve. Whether it's remembering key statistics during a negotiation, or quoting a precedent-setting action when making a decision, or impressing clients with your knowledge of their product lines – your ability to remember is a major advantage. People with good memories are often seen as knowledgeable, smart, competent, and dependable. And there are many techniques you can use to develop your own ability to remember information – and then recall it when and where you need it. In a classic situation at workplace you meet someone new, and then moments later you've forgotten their names, passwords, pin and telephone numbers and so on there is so much to remember in such situations. It may sound difficult but there are many ways to enhance memory: To remember ideas and notes

Mnemonics are simple memory-improving tools that help you connect every day, easy-to-remember items and ideas to information you want to remember. Later, by recalling these everyday items, you can also recall what you wanted to remember. The idea behind using mnemonics is to encode difficult-to-remember information in a way that is much easier to remember by doing the following Use positive, pleasant images, use of vivid, colorful images, which are easier to remember than drab ones. Use all your senses to code information or dress up an image. Remember that your mnemonic can contain sounds, smells, tastes, touch, movements and feelings as well as pictures. Give your image three dimensions, movement and space to make it more vivid. You can use movement either to maintain the flow of association, or to help you to remember actions. Exaggerate the size of important parts of the...
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