ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY
LONG-TERM MEMORY #15
February 18, 2019
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.
Three kinds of long-term memory are declarative memory:  episodic memory for recalling events;  semantic memory for recalling facts; and  autobiographic memory for remembering who you are. This kind of explicit memory is an essential cause of your unified self-identity. Knowing who you are is the primary function of the interaction of your long-term memory system and your working memory system.
In addition, your non-declarative memory system includes your procedural memory. This type of implicit memory is also known as "muscle memory." It involves such routine activities as brushing your teeth, driving a car, or remembering the faces of your family and friends. (See below for the complete publication information for the book: Working Memory, 2013, page 160).
The awesome purpose of both your long-term memory and working memory can be achieved by learning to improve your thinking skills and reading strategies. Both your intelligence and creativity are influenced positively when you exercise your imagination, reasoning ability, and memory capacity.
Since reading is a special way of thinking, it is more important than ever in the age of social media to seek more profound levels of knowledge about all kinds of subjects. By reading widely and in depth, you can strengthen your mental force (brainpower) and change your adaptable self-identity. You can decide to grow instead of being satisfied with ignorance and apathy regarding political and social issues.
The goal for living long and well is to keep fresh blood flowing through your veins and arteries and keep sparks of electro-chemical ionic signals flowing throughout your connectome (brain and nervous system).
WORKING MEMORY METAPHOR
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"The relationship between working memory and long-term memory is similar to that of a librarian and a library. Like a librarian, working memory allows you to search through the 'books' of information stored in the 'library' in order to accomplish a specific task." (Book Source = Working Memory Advantage, 2013, 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 function 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 both your working memory and long-term memory more efficient?
The following three excellent learning techniques can improve the functioning of your working memory in its relationship to your long-term memory. They are: (1) Code Breakers; (2) Bootstrapping; and (3) Chunking:
"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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