Train Your Brain to Hard Drive Your Memories
October 10, 2014•9 min
Your memories are a very concrete process. It's comparable to saving data onto a hard drive.From the moment you are born, you are exposed to a life of sensations and information. All of your experiences... childhood memories, first kisses, familiar places, sad goodbyes, and vacations have the potential to end up as autobiographical memories. Autobiographical memories are a memory system consisting of episodes recollected from an individual's life, based on a combination of episodic (personal experiences and specific objects, people and events) and semantic (general knowledge and facts) memory. (Brain HQ)Your memories are a very concrete process. It's comparable to saving data onto a hard drive. What qualifies as a memory in the first place? How does a person know what should be remembered?People oftentimes convey a memory to someone as a story, which is a craft that is learned. People remember events to tell them over and over as stories. Children whose parents communicated with them about their feelings, emotions, and elaborate on the details of their experiences are better equipped to recall early memories later in life. Dr. Azi Grysman, PhD, a cognitive psychologist, explains that girls are typically encouraged and trained from a very young age by their mothers to link feelings and emotions to important information and events, which creates more entry points and “retrieval cues” in the brain. “Boys never remember anything” is a gender stereotype and cliché, yes; but is it true?Women have a better, more accurate long-term memory for health information. In fact, women have superior memories in general as compared to men.How can you consciously instill valuable memories in yourself and your children?Dr. Grysman talks about the memory module and how you can train yourself and your children to effectively enable memory triggers.