ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY
SUMMARY ABOUT LONG-TERM MEMORY
Brain Flash Card #15 - October 7, 2018
WHAT IS YOUR LONG-TERM MEMORY?
AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
The evolutionary purpose of your long-term memory system is to consolidate memories that are useful for survival purposes in the future. This awesome purpose can be understood by learning the distinctions among your four kinds of long-term memory, which are inextricably linked with your working memory.
They are:  episodic memory for recalling events;  semantic memory for recalling facts;  procedural memory (also known as "muscle memory") for doing routine activities like eating, or remembering how to brush your teeth, or knowing where to find your clothes in the morning, or recognizing the faces of your family members and friends; and  autobiographic memory for remembering who you are.
The fourth kind of memory causes your unified self-identity, which is one of the main functions of your implicit long-term memory system in conjunction with your working memory system. (See below for complete book publication information: Working Memory, 2013, page 160).
The awesome purpose of both your long-term memory and working memory can be achieved by learning a few specific thinking skills and reading skills that can strengthen your intelligence and creativity.
"The relationship between working memory and long-term memory systems is similar to that of a librarian and a library. Like a librarian, working memory allows you to search through the books (information) stored in the library in order to accomplish a specific task." (page 160)
"With Alzheimer's disease, both elements are under attack: the librarian struggles to search through the stacks, and the worms are eating through the books. A shrinking working memory has a detrimental effect on your ability to access the books, to search through the library and find and apply what you need." (page 160)
"And when the books deteriorate, it is much harder to read what remains." (page 160)
"However, working memory is such a dynamic and adaptive tool that if it remains strong, even if Alzheimer's begins to eat away at your neurons, it may in fact help to prevent you from experiencing the cognitive symptoms associated with the disease" for a long time. (page 160)
What are the secrets of making your long-term memory system more efficient? Three powerful learning techniques can improve the functioning of your long-term memory in its relationship to your working memory. They are the same techniques applied to Brain Idea #1, your working memory: (1) Code Breakers; (2) Bootstrapping; and (3) Chunking.
(1) The Code Breakers Technique to quicken recall of the 15 major brain ideas can be used, if you develop a step by step plan to remember them in your long-term memory system. For example, the 15 memory codes featured on this website can be used to remember the 15 brain ideas through the spaced-repetition method of learning by association. (page 182)
(2) The Bootrapping Technique of learning involves the process of combining (binding) verbal information (text) with visual information (brain diagrams or graphic images) by using both your working memory system and your long-term memory system. This technique can help you process (consolidate) information such as the brain names and their definitions and also the details about each brain idea so all the information can be integrated, retained, and retrieved at will. (page 183)
(3) The Chunking Technique of memorization involves a method of breaking down complex information, such as the description of your brain's many amazing functions, into smaller subparts or "chunks". Then they can be committed to your long-term memory system. "With long chunks of information stored in your long-term memory, your working memory "conductor" can prioritize and manage data more efficiently." (page 183)
BOOK SOURCE = Working Memory Advantage, 2013 and especially see the appendix section containing the Working Memory Quick Hits Manual on pages 280-291.
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