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Memory. - September 4th 2013, 09:02 AM

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I just wanted to write in and ask, what do you know about memory and how do you remember stuff, and what kind of stuff do you remember? You will not believe this, I was in court today, as a witness, and in the waiting room, there are lawyers and police everywhere, and one of the lawyers, I RECOGNISED HIM! .

That's not the shocking part, the shocking part was HOW! In 2009, I was in the ninth grade and I was completing a mentorship program that my school had with a law firm in Sydney, right? And we went out on an excursion every Second Friday and at the end of the day, we would have a big seminar and talk about stuff like stereotypes, ethics, stuff like that.

And one of the Fridays, we got a tour of the building they worked in. And that's when I saw this guy. I didn't meet him or anything, I just saw him, six years ago. Which is insane!

It's not even normal!
I need help! .

But how do you remember things and what kind of things do you remember the most? Memory is insane sometimes.


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Re: Memory. - September 5th 2013, 11:05 AM

I could go into great detail about the multi-store model and/or the working memory model and explain why you managed to remember that but the basics of it is, where long-term memories are stored, people find it a lot easier to remember these things if they're both visual and semantic. Things are remembered through repetition and so after a while the memory becomes stored in our long-term memory. Because you physically saw that guy repeatedly and because you knew who he was because you learnt about what job he does etc, this reinforced it into your mind allowing you to remember him years later. It's all normal and everyone does it too.

I remember a lot of weird memories. I remember my 3rd birthday where I remember the room and how things were but I remember how my nan gave me a 101 dalmatians painting set and I painted it all pink. Then I remembered a time when I was in about Year 10 or 11 (so about 14 or 15 years old) and I was having a ham salad sandwich for lunch but I hated cucumbers so I decided for no reason at all, to throw it at my friend which just so happened to hit her in the eye making this huge but weird slapping sound. Needless to say she wasn't very jolly at the idea of me doing it but we have good laugh about it years later.

According to my mum I have photographic memory, or eidetic memory as it's actually called. I can remember conversations in great detail, to the point where I can repeat what I person has said years later and it will still be accurate. Or could. These days my memory is so awful.


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Re: Memory. - September 8th 2013, 12:41 AM

I seem to be able to remember names really well. Like I can easily remember all the first and second names of the people I was at primary school with. Also, when I first hear someone's name, I never need reminding.

Aside from names, I am good at remembering lists and therefore quite enjoy learning groups of things.

I'm pretty good with remembering random events too. The sort of ones that other people forget.

A big part of the way I remember things is visually. Colours are involved too. When I learn someone's name, I subconsciously ascribe a colour to it and therefore that particular person.

I guess I'm weird too.


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