CogniFit's Science blog: Learning To Analyze Your Thoughts And Memories

Learning To Analyze Your Thoughts And Memories

When I was a child in history class, all I had to do to pass tests was to memorize dates and names of people. I did not have to understand what the history book said as long as I knew the names and dates.

These were simple tests to pass. That’s when I decided I needed to learn about memory.

It has been known for a long time that pure memorization is mostly educationally useless. In a society where knowledge is rapidly changing and growing, it is more important that students be taught how to acquire the knowledge that they want to learn by themselves instead of giving them facts to memorize without them knowing what these facts mean in the first place.

Human memory is very important, however, teaching children how to think instead of what to memorize is more important. Today’s schools rely heavily on memorization rather than using creativity or imagination. Human beings who think creatively or that use analytic skills can then go and develop interesting concepts in their life.

Human memory is very important. It is the only way we acquire information. Taking this memory and analyzing it, makes good use of this information. A person with good analysis skills can then create new knowledge instead of simply memorizing and not analyzing. Someone with good analysis skill can move on to create new knowledge instead of simply memorizing it.

When we learn about memory, we realize it comes in many different forms. When we store memory, we are storing information. What that information is and how long we store it for determines what type of memory it is.

There are many forms of memories. Among, the different categories of memory are short-term (or working memory) and long-term memory. These are based on the amount of time the memory is stored. These can weaken when we age or a variety of other reasons and physical conditions that affect the memory.

Long-term memory is when our brain stores, manages, and retrieves information. There are many different forms of long-term memory.

Short-term memory is the very short time that you keep something in your mind before dismissing it or transferring it to long-term memory.

Explicit memory, also known as declarative memory, is a type of long-term memory that requires conscious thought. This is what people think of when they have a memory.

Autobiographical memory is a memory that recalls life’s experiences.

Implicit memory is another form of long-term memory. This memory does not require conscious thought. It allows you to do things automatically.

It is important to learn about memory in order to learn how your analytical thought process works.