Some people have great memories. Some people have horrible memories. There are even people with hyperthymesia who remember everything. I was told that anybody can have a good memory if they practice method of loci and that people that have “better” memories don’t have more storage space; just a better organization. Recently I discovered a factoid that each connection between a dendritic branch and an axon encodes one memory. I don’t have an official source for that but since the human brain has 86 billion neurons and there are 5-7 dendrites so logically there should be space for 602,000,000,000 memories. Yet it still doesn’t make sense. How can a memory of being afraid at your first scary movie equate with your memory of the Bill of Rights? I just don’t know what to think anymore. Does everyone have varying storage space sizes and you just have the luck of the draw if your memory pool is “bigger”?

Sources: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fncir.2016.00023/full


  • $\begingroup$ "How can a memory of being afraid at your first scary movie equate with your memory of the Bill of Rights?" Who said they equate? How did they say they came to that conclusion? $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2021 at 6:38
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  • $\begingroup$ Added sources but some of the original information I was unable to find. $\endgroup$
    – Max
    Nov 14, 2021 at 6:57
  • $\begingroup$ For each source, a quotation of the exact text that is relevant should be included. The links need to be provided so that those people that want to can verify the claims in the question; but each individual reader shouldn't have to follow each link and search each document to find the relevant information. ¶ There's potential for a good question here, but it isn't asked in the way that Stack Exchange sites expect it to be. $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2021 at 14:07
  • $\begingroup$ Like I said; a lot of the stuff I gleaned from months of searching the internet. $\endgroup$
    – Max
    Nov 14, 2021 at 19:08


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