- Book: The wisdom paradox
Memories over time move from short term storage to long term storage.
- Long term storage is resistant to decay even from many diseases of the brain
- Nature is extremely selective about what goes into long term
- Time is a critical factor.
Different kinds of experience trigger different neural networks.
- The shared overlap of these networks is reinforced more strongly and hence better remembered.
- This leads to both over-generalization and pattern recognition
The traditional division of memory follows:
- Procedural memory: Memory of skills i.e. the how
- Declarative memory: Memory of things i.e. the what
- Episodic: Memories we experienced. They are stored with context.
- Semantic: Fact1s
A different representation of memory based on generic and specifc memory is as follows:
Generic memories are much more robust to decay
When asked to classify things, humans are very distinct in their classification up to a point in the spectrum.
- This is indicative of Attractors and distinct basin spaces.
It takes time to build up a large number of pattern recognizing attractors.
- They are the basis of generic memory