I’ve always wondered about the different ways to remember things a little better; either just for remembering the answers to quiz questions or remembering your mother’s birthday (hopefully not). Well first we ask ourselves what are the best ways we remember things? Is it cramming the night before the test? Or repeatedly saying your mother’s birthday over and over again? Well there’s this idea that the mind is a computer (which in fact it is). The computer analogy is that “It doesn’t really matter whether some piece of information is stored on your hard-drive, or in the cloud, as long as it is usually ready for access when the need is there.” Is it true? That is what I’m here to figure out.
We all know humans were designed to be social beings; however, in today’s day and age this has become less of an important factor to people thanks to technology (thanks technology…) Though when we do have social interaction we create social connections with other people which are our networks which we tend to remember. This is how we’re able to remember your friend’s worst enemies friend’s boyfriend that didn’t do anything for her for valentine’s day. Crazy right? When we involve ourselves in these connections we tend to remember those connections more strongly. We increase our biological memory when we use external objects such as a picture to remember the time you went on that vacation to Europe or a selfie that you saved to remember the time you were suppose to be paying attention in class for the quiz you need to study for; which are the important memories our brains save in the long term. This is an example of memory extension. The important thing is not where stuff is encoded but the uses which it can be ready. So there will be no need to use biological memory if we can just look up the answer on Google. Wrong. We should; Although people do tend to do this as an everyday lifestyle. We may not remember the cast to Vampire Diaries because there is no need to remember if we can just look them up. We are less able to recall what we can search such as a telephone number. Can you recall every single single best friend’s number without looking it up in your phone? Or remember a family member birthday without receiving the notification from Facebook? Probably not.
One study found that people who took pictures of the in a museum could not recall the artwork or the location than those who did not. This shows that we rely more on external uses than our own minds.
We are not using the information source to remind us what’s in our heads, but we can retrieve it by other means, memory extension used from other people’s minds. For example, parents use their children to remember all there little friend’s names until they hear it enough to recall it on their own. Kids usually have their parents to remember their ballet practice, medicine, and when and how long. When the work gets overwhelming it may help to use what others know and what can be exchanged. No this does not mean cheat on a test.
Before pencils, paper, email, books, or media have been around, how did people get information? Orally! We talked to others and exchanged information brain to brain. We remember who said what so why not use that for even better purposes. Yes, the test we have to study for. Group project and group studying is the best way to do this. We are as social as the birds and the bees long before we had technology; therefore, it will come naturally on relying on others for information you may not understand yourself. Why try to force yourself to remember everything (which is very difficult). The best way is to create emotional connections and networks. This may not be the only way to remember things but it may help for that upcoming test! Study well!
Frakt, Austin. “A Memory Shortcut, With a Little Help From Friends.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 8 Jan. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/01/08/upshot/a-memory-shortcut-with-a-little-help-from-friends.html?rref=collection/timestopic/Memory&action=click&contentCollection=science®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=collection.