Wednesday, January 6, 2016

How Does Memory Work?


Modern neuroscience research has certainly been an exciting field in the past several decades. The brain is just a mass of mush inside our skulls yet it does so much. Who can understand this?

A book I was reading about habits triggered some interesting questions. First, why do we remember some things about our childhood and not others? We had experiences every single day of our lives, yet most of it is a blur. You went to kindergarten every day. What do you remember about your kindergarten teacher? What do you remember about your first grade teacher? Second grade teacher? Which experiences come to mind when you think of those years?

Now the harder question. Why do you remember what you remember?

These are some really profound things that people have been studying over the past half century. How well that we know ourselves? It's probably hard to say but our relationships to our memories might give us some clues.

I find it amazing that even after more than 60 years life can still be an exciting adventure. Equally amazing is that even after 60 years there's still so much we don't know about  ourselves and and our relation to the world we live in. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but I believe you can. We can learn new things every day. The trick is remembering them and making them part of our lives.

For an interesting film about music and memory, check out The Music Never Stopped.

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