Questions tagged [memory]

For questions about the encoding, storage, and retrieval of information in the brain. This tag encompasses research all the way from the molecular level in model organisms to abstract mathematical representations, and includes applied learning paradigms and tasks.

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Do We Memorize/Remember What We Listen While Doing Something Else? [duplicate]

Sometimes we do a task while listening to a song, conversation or something else. The moment we engage in the task, our concentration moves to the task, though our ear is open or on, and technically ...
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Where to find exercises to improve executive functions, memory and attention in adults? [closed]

I am looking for exercises for adults with executive function, memory and attention deficits (various degree of severity). Could you recommend some books or webpages that can be useful?
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Can't remember if I have said it loudly or not?

I have heard that some people often get confused about if they have said something or not after really saying it while talking with someone. What is this phenomena called?
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How does the Forgetting curve change after repeated exposure to the same item we would like to memorise?

There has been a long debate going on on the actual form of the Forgetting curve, but my question will be about its change when we review a previously memorised fact - Unfortunately, I couldn't seem ...
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Exercising working memory capacity

I am trying to define the most effective long term method to retain all of the information I want from a book as I read it. My current process is to read one chapter at a time, highlighting any key ...
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Which are some good books to research spaced repetition and long term memory?

I am developing an application to help students remember what they learn. But I need deeper and more grounded research in topics of: Spaced repetition / Revision Forgetting Curve Long term memory ...
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Does Ativan / lorazepam ever cause unconsciousness, or only memory loss? [closed]

An Ativan injection, probably 20-min after the event, erased my memory starting 30-min prior to the event until (maybe 1-hour or so?) after the event. Because of memory loss, the injuries were the ...
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Most efficient (highest-bandwidth) memory encoding scheme?

Memory competitions have different events; most of them revolve around memorizing digits, cards, faces, etc. over a defined period of time. However, world champions use established techniques like ...
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Do weak spatial memory and good creative thinking are related?

Is there a correlation between weak spatial memory and good creative thinking? This seems to be contradictory, because if you look at the history, world famous chess player had good memory.Can ...
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Does PTSD related courage (coping mechanisms) run parallel with bad memory in patients? [closed]

From Hayes, et al. (2012) Some researchers have suggested that patients with PTSD have an enhanced ability to forget information, which may explain amnesia for important details of their ...
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Term for remembering the location/position of text on a page as part of the memory recall process?

Is there a name for the phenomenon of remembering the position on a page or location in a book as part of the process of recalling a memory? For example, knowing that something was on the left side ...
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Is post traumatic stress disorder preventable?

Victims of abuse, people exposed to violent situations repeatedly, and people in war zones can develop post traumatic stress disorder as a result. Post traumatic stress disorder is very common and has ...
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Importance of memory on learning?

I've been studying into the important of memory and learning. I think it's undeniable that part of learning is requiring the retrieval of information at the relevant times, but the counter argument I'...
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Can one neuron denrdite be involved in different memories?

It's clear that neurons are involved in whatever memory. Suppose I see the image of a bird taking off over and over again. The image becomes imprinted in my memory. So when I think about this ...
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Is “Do X, not Y” worse for memory than simply “do X”?

I'm curious if saying "Do X, not Y" or "Don't do Y, do X" can introduce an extra hurdle into remembering which one to do, rather than just saying "Do X". If later you're trying to remember "Did he say ...
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Neocortical potentiation vs slow wave memory consolidation in narcolepsy

Activity in the neocortex of the brain is significantly reduced during slow wave sleep. The general theory is that during that during this period of time memory consolidation occurs. Individuals with ...
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Parallelisation of short term memory provoking stress

Some advanced recruitment processes use psychological and ability tests to evaluate a candidate. Among these standard test, the numerical and logical one is usually presenting a business use case, ...
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Are memories stored as patterns of chemicals/emotions?

Lately, I (as someone with no experience or prior knowledge in the topic) have been thinking about...thinking. The part that intrigues me the most is memory. As a computer-y type person, I tend to ...
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How did Hermann Ebbinghaus conduct memory experiments on himself?

I was reading about Hermann Ebbinghaus. He became interested in experimental psychology which led him to conduct memory experiments on himself which then resulted in the publication of his book: "...
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Is it possible to measure the working memory of a non-human animal?

Is it possible to measure the working memory of a non-human animal? And if so, have there been any studies that have quantified the working memory of animals, and that have compared that to the ...
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Why some people can't see color in memory or dreams

Some of my friends told me they never see color in memory or dreams, is this some kind of symptom? Does it have a name in psychology? I did some search on internet, but seems most pages did not ...
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Why can't we remember being babies?

I once watched a YouTube video explaining that it was because it was an evolutionary disadvantage to remember it better because you might do something like electrocute yourself with an electrical ...
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Inability to associate a face with a name

I know there is a medical condition called "Prosopagnosia" that is described as: a cognitive disorder of face perception in which the ability to recognize familiar faces, including one's own face (...
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How is a memory lost?

Firstly, I have an incredibly rudimentary understanding of how neurons interact etc. My understanding of memory representation is that it's a group of interconnected neurons that fire in some ...
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Common latent feature among all “memory techniques”

So I've been delving into "memory techniques" and people who compete in memory competitions(memorizing and reciting a poem in a small amount of time, memorizing a deck of cards, memorizing pi, etc). I'...
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Are there disadvantages to spaced repetition?

In his essay Michael Nielsen talks about his way of learning about new field of study. He's using spaced-repetition to remember things he learned. It seems that he adds a lot of information into his ...
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What effects does multitasking have on comprehension and memory of audiobooks/speech?

I've heard around that our comprehension of audiobooks versus read books is roughly on the same level (the processes aren't really all that different, usually when we read we vocalize the words in our ...
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Memory Retention : isolated information vs emphasized information in a heap

I have observed that when learning new words (vocabulary building), if we are presented with, say, 5 new words in these 2 manners: only 5 words presented in isolation 40 words presented, with 5 words ...
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Why do I forget important things and remember things that I don't care about?

Why do I forget things that I want to remember? And when I forget them, I seem to remember small details that aren't so important. I might forget what the main topic of a YouTube video is, but I can ...
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Why are some specific names / items harder to remember

I will take an example specific to myself to illustrate: Having a very solid music culture and a quite good one about movies, a few cues usually help me remember the works in question. Sometimes I ...
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How do different dendritic spines experience a correlated/coupled calcium signaling?

The following quote from the discussion in a review paper by Higley and Sabatini: Finally, several studies demonstrate the ability of dendritic Ca transients to herald near-synchronous and ...
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n-back n size in relation to the number of distinct items?

In a picture based n-back test, is there a relation between the number of distinct items/pictures and n, for example if I have m distinct items from which I choose the next item to be displayed ...
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What's the memory capacity of the human brain? [duplicate]

This article, Human brain can store.. claims the memory has a capacity of around 1 petabyte or quadrillion bytes. This other one, What's the memory capacity of the human brain claims the memory ...
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N-Back implementation?

I'm a programmer writing a small n-Back test/game app,and certain things are still ambiguous to me: 1-is there a standard implementation used in research(for example displaying a sequence of pictures ...
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Can repetitive music help remember by increasing theta waves?

Can repetitive music (minimal) help remember by increasing theta waves? As far as I understand theta waves are involved in memory tasks. If correct, can I try increase theta waves with audio neuro-...
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Are all conscious experiences stored as memories?

There are people with supermemories, called highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM), i.e., the detailed recollection of events that occurred in the distant past. Although the recollection of, ...
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Recovery of memory especially working memory after depression

The impact of depression on memory and working memory has been discussed extensively in the thread below. I can't seem to find information about rehabilitation and recovery of memory after depression....
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What exactly is IQ, and how to develop or improve it?

Some people are said to have exceptionally high IQ. What exactly is that supposed to mean? Is it possible to develop high IQ if one doesn't have it? If yes, then how?
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If people recall a specific word earlier among 10 words in free recall, what does it mean?

Lets assume a case of free recall tests that 10 words are presented at the same time" and subjects are asked to recall them later. The words are presented in two different conditions (A and B). If ...
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Is memory biased towards positive or negative memories?

I am trying to understand the relationship between positive/negative memories and the congruence of memory to existing beliefs. These quotes are from Wikipedia, presented in alphabetical order: ...
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Is it better to study multiple subjects simultaneously or focus on one subject intensely at a time?

Since I will soon have a bit of free time, I thought I'd use it to enhance my knowledge pool. I chose four subjects that always interested me (but that are not related) and thought I'd dive in a bit ...
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Why do some people not remember their dreams?

Why does the ability to recall dreams varies greatly from person to person? Why Some Remember Dreams, Others Don't https://www.livescience.com/38856-why-people-recall-dreams.html I decided to ask ...
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Does learning by heart improve memorizing abilities?

Some people around me believe that if you learn poems by heart in childhood, it will help you to memorize things better further. They say about improvements in memory in general: things like ...
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Is there any treatment for cognitive difficulties of patients with Parkinson's disease?

I've read some articles and science papers about Parkinson's disease and found out that many patients often have cognitive difficulties, if not all of them. For memory difficulty, medications to treat ...
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How to prepare when entering the field of Psychology from a professional UX background?

I come from a Computer Science and professional User Experience (UX) Design background and I'll soon be starting an MSc conversion course in Psychology. My interest is to understand human behaviour ...
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What information does the connectome actually contain?

I am not a brain scientist but the following question seems reasonable to me. Prof. Sebastian Seung has given a TED talk named "I Am My Connectome". If I understand correctly, connectome is ...
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Why could too much BDNF be detrimental in terms of depression and memory?

I am interested in looking at the effects of too much BDNF and other proteins such as repressor element one silencing transcription factor (REST). Most research suggest that elevated levels are ...
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Is there a specific term for the notion of storing “algorithms” in human memory?

It seems to me that there is a pretty sharp distinction between storing a "fact" like "Chickens are birds" and storing an algorithm or routine like "how to multiply two 3-digit numbers". I find the ...
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How do songs trigger memories associated with previous experiences of listening to the song?

Background: If I like a particular song, I listen to it while doing other things until I get sick of that song. This creates an extremely strong bond between the two things: the song and the activity. ...
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Does studying multiples subjects in parallel effect performance?

Researches shown that multitasking is really bad. But, does studying multiple subjects in parallel comes under it? Is it okay to switch between the subjects (mathematics, physics, biology, ....) In ...

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