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Can memorising a new thing erase existing memories?

Although this is quite an old question, I thought I would add additional information regarding this topic for consideration. As already noted, the storage capacity of the human brain is certainly ...
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Why do some memories stick out more than others?

First, whenever talking about memory, it helps to be specific. Memory is, somewhat controversially, categorized in a number of different ways. I'll take the liberty of assuming that you are ...
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Does language learning improve or worsen the ability to remember and process information?

What I do not quite understand is: What is (according to Syka) "useless information" and how should we "avoid" this kind of information? Let me try and answer this as follows: During our lifetime, ...
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Opposite of White Bear principle?

Short answer Over-thinking Background Unconscious recall of information can be more effective than conscious recall of that same information. Disruption of the activity of the dorsolateral prefrontal ...
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Is it fair to categorize the neurons in the output layer of artificial neural networks as grandmother cells?

I would say it depends on what your goals are and what parts of the grandmother cell "story" you want to highlight. Sure, the output layer is grandmother-like because it can represent single concepts ...
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Can dreams predict the future?

Short answer Dreams cannot predict the future. Background Likely you are referring to Deja reve ('already dreamed'), which has been hypothesized to be (Schredi et al., 2017): ...the distinct ...
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Does night-sleep-deprivation have any effect on cognitive performance?

According to this article, yes it does have various symptoms including cognitive deficiencies that make us more prone to errors and less efficient : Circadian rhythms biologically program us to ...
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Why do we forget what we try to remember?

What you are describing may be the tip of the tongue (TOT) phenomenon. There are two major explanations for this: the direct-access view and the inferential view. The direct-access view: the memory ...
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Does studying flashcards, both front to back and back to front, decrease retention opposed to only memorizing one way?

No, it just makes the intervals suboptimal. Either bury the card if the opposite side came recently or change the card to the direction it will usually appear. (Sometimes it will be the description ...
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Will Our Brain Speed Reduce As Our Memory "Mail Boxes" Fill Up?

There is research showing that Black Cab taxi drivers while training with 'the knowledge' (2 months on a moped with an A-Z, learning every road/route in London) grew larger areas of brain grey matter ...
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Is there a non-interactive alternative to the concept of SuperMemo/spaced repetition?

Spaced repetition is based off the forgetting curve. Each review per day strengthens the memory: Both Anki flashcards and SuperMemo also utilize the Leitner (box) system: (Animation by Zirguezi - ...
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Is there a non-interactive alternative to the concept of SuperMemo/spaced repetition?

So basically [for me] this question is whether there exists a learning model informed by the structure and usage of the Chinese writing. The answer is yes, see for example Loach & Wang (2016): ...
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Memorization of incorrect math facts

The idea that long term memory cannot be ever changes is absolutely wrong, for sure some thing that is learnt and practice for a long time while being a child has a difficulty to change after while, ...
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How to detect which memory is being used when answering a yes or no question?

It depends whether the answers are well known facts. If I know well my name, the color of my hair and whether I can ride a bike then semantic memory is used to answer these questions. If I have a ...
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Low crystalized intelligence- failure to transfer skill from Hippocampus to cortex?

First we need to establish the link between crystallized intelligence and the types of memory. Long term memory can be divided in two parts: Procedural and declarative. Episodic memory is ...
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How long could Henry Molaison keep his memory of the present?

The original paper describing Patient HM is available online, and makes for fascinating reading: Scoville, W. B., Milner, B. 1957. Loss of recent memory after bilateral hippocampal lesions. J Neurol ...
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Could memory storage be infinite or is it very unlikely?

The human brain has a finite quantity of neurons (86 billion being the last estimate), which can each be in a finite amount of states (even accounting for current models of quantum physics and quantum ...
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Is there a benefit for humans to lose memory access when under elongated periods of stress?

Disclaimer : this answer isn't backed by any source, aside from personal experience. Edit : found a source https://health-clevelandclinic-org.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/health.clevelandclinic.org/what-...
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Memory game - short or long-term memory?

Short answer The game you describe is a textbook example of one relying on working memory. Background The game you describe is an example of one that taxes working memory. Working memory can be ...
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Memory game - short or long-term memory?

Short-term memory capacity is very limited (How much can users hold in their short term memory), and that seems to be a fundamental property of short-term memory (Can working memory actually be ...
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Is there difference between a memory of a dream and memory of waking experience?

Daytime conscious experiences come from our sensory organs. At any given moment, these organs split the incoming information between millions of neurons which then transport the info back to the brain....
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Is remembering a list of words an example of semantic or episodic memory?

I agree there is some murkiness, as learning a list of words doesn't seem to resemble what we normally think of as an 'event'. I think the answer is episodic when there is a single learning episode, ...
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