5 scientific facts about human memories

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists say that a person does not really have a “main memory”. That is, such a memory (and such memories), due to which a personality is formed. And this is due to five reasons.

1- People don’t just have the five most important life memories. Autobiographical memories are stored in a person’s long-term memory.

And the amount of this memory is not limited. Therefore, there can be an infinite number of such memories.

2- Basic memories do not affect a person’s personality. Autobiographical memory, according to psychologists and cognitive scientists, has three functions.

This is a function of the self (due to past experience, we know who we are), a social function (telling stories, we quickly feel connected to others), a directive function (memory helps to learn from the past and solve problems based on this).

At the same time, the main personality traits of people, despite the presence of important memories, remain stable.

3- Childhood memories are not always the most vivid. Even though the earliest memories are usually associated with 3-4 years, we still remember little about what happened in early childhood. Most of a person’s most important and vivid memories tend to be associated with early adulthood.

4- It is impossible to predict which memories will become the most important. We remember emotionally colored events more easily than neutral ones. Nevertheless, we cannot choose what will remain in our memory.

5- Key memories are not more accurate than the rest. Any memories that are stored in the brain are subject to errors.

This is due to how our memory works: the meaning of the event and some of its details are usually remembered. And every time we remember something, the brain can make changes to those events.


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