What is an Autobiographical Memory?

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Sometimes, we wonder about the memory we have. Sometimes, we envy those people who are gifted with a good memory. But how would you feel if you have an Autobiographical Memory?

What is Memory?

Every human mind is capable of remembering things. Things that is stored in a brain, retained and recalled once the data is needed. These memories are the solicited experiences you have with your families, loved ones, friends and even enemies. These are also the facts and information you encounter in your quest to knowledge. Generally, a person that can memorize spellings and formulas in Science and Mathematics accurately are often called gifted with a good memory.

When can you tell someones memory is normal?

By accident, we forget things we never intended. Commonly, we forget details, numbers, and specifics of an event. Every normal memory is like that. In education, a repetition is needed in order for students to grasp the information and hold it in a span of time. Some memories are stored longer and some are not depending on the importance of the memory to the person. But there is always an exemption for everything. Sometimes, memories may surpass to what is called normal. Then we call it an “Exceptional Memory.”

What is an Exceptional Memory?

Anyone hearing that somebody is holding an exceptional memory may envy the person acquiring it. A memory that can collect more than the normal gauge. An autobiographical memory for example that can store all forms of life stories–events that includes the details and the specifics that any normal brain couldn’t hold for long. In Psychology this is often categorized as abnormal memory.

How will you know a person has Autobiographical Memory?

An autobiographical memory is always associated with episodic memory which is common for people who usually lingers a past experience or events. People that always carry with them the memories that includes trivial details, including the date, the weather, what people wore on that day, the expressions on their faces and so on and so forth.

What is the problem with the person possessing the Autobiographical Memory?

A person who dominates the memory is most of the the time in trouble associating and applying new facts or details to be memorized. Fresh memories are often neglected and needed a repetition in order to have it stored in the cognitive, since their minds are already preoccupied with the memories in the past.

How to deal with someone cornered with Autobiographical Memory?

As a teacher, unavoidably I have to be patient with the students cornered with autobiographical memory. For once they are able to hold a single memory the consolation is they will hardly forget it.

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author avatar TNT_Brian
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

wow, really interesting stuff here. I have always been fascinated with the power and capacity of the human brain. For example, how a passing smell or sound can conjour up a twenty year old memory and make it seem like yesterday.

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author avatar angelnjuly
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

Yes, stuff like that Brian must be the result of the wonders our brains have. Wonderful as it is that you have to consider it before enjoying it for life because it might help you or hamper you from other things. Thank you anyhow.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

A very interesting and informative read.

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author avatar ghazala zafar
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

Some people do not born with a good brain & memory,
but they overcome it with their enthusiasm and practice...
Do you agree?

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author avatar angelnjuly
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks Jerry for the read and dropping by this page.

@ghazalazafar:Yes true, some brains are born gifted some are not. In my case, I was not born with a good memory. My memory in spelling is distorted and until now I kept battling with it. Nevertheless, I graduated in college and now become a teacher. I have my aid. If I doubt with my spelling, I spell check with a dictionary. Sometimes it's a little annoying but sometimes it's not. But with other things, my memory is also good. In similar case with numbers. I love solving mathematical problems. My brain was train with it so with that I don't worry. Anyhow ghazalazafar, I hope our brains are similar to that of a computer but not and if we think it's no longer enough with the memories stored we can just upgrade it and add another Gigabytes. Well, our brains don't work like that. But surely we have an amazing brains. Computers and other gadgets just try to copy it.

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author avatar Retired
27th Dec 2010 (#)

Good article...I watched some show where, I think it was JoBeth Williams, (correct me if I'm wrong), or it could be someone else, has an autobiographical memory.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Yea, the brain is something else. It's funny how things can bother you that you do not realize is in your life or was in your life from the past. The brain picks up on things and can store it.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
11th Jan 2011 (#)

No offence, but the brain does not store memory. My free ebook explains. Download at http://www.earthboundlife.com

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