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Human Memory

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

  1. Procedural vs Episodic could also be related to talking vs doing. ↩︎