January 3, 2022

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The evolutionary purpose of your long-term memory system is to consolidate memories essential for your survival in the future and also to be the source of your adaptable self-identity.

This awesome purpose can be understood by learning the distinctions among the four kinds of your long-term memory system, which are inseparably linked to your working memory system.

First, your long-term memory system functions consists of three kinds of "declarative memory" known as your explicit memory:
    [1] Episodic memory for recalling events as in a film;

    [2] Semantic memory for recalling facts as described by words; and

    [3] Autobiographic memory for remembering who you are!
Second, your declarative memories can be recalled by simply thinking about them. Together, they are the necesary causes of your unified adaptable self-identity. Knowing that you can control many of the possible interactions between the separate functions of your long-term memory system and working memory system can be a profoundly liberating fact!

In addition, the "non-declarative" part of your long-term memory system is your procedural memory which is often referred to as your "muscle memory." Also your procedural memory is known as your implicit memory. It involves some resources contained in your cerebellum in addition to regulating your heart beat and breathing as well as some newly discovered functions in your cerebrum.

Your non-declarative memory resources provide you with the ability to do routine activities such as brushing your teeth, driving a car, or remembering the faces of your family and friends. This kind of memory is known as your implicit memory since it is usually hidden from your consciousness. (See below for the complete publication information for the book: Working Memory Advantage, 2013, page 160).

The significance of knowing about the separate functions of your intricately connected long-term memory and working memory is that you will be able to optimize the functions of your brain, which are to help your body survive, reproduce, and thrive!

The new brain knowledge on this website can help you activate your genuine --- but sometimes hidden --- potential to be curious and achieve courageous objectives within cultural possibilities and constraints. This ultimately means that you have the responsibility to develop your own language skills including a strong vocabulary during your lifetime.

Both your intelligence and creativity can be positively influenced when you deliberately use your imagination and reasoning ability and memory systems to remember important events in your life. Your mind's mental functions (brainpower) provide you with the ability to seek more detailed explanations about subjects as well as to decide what past memories are unnecessary and therefore should be forgotten.

It is especially important to forget any ideas that you were forced to remember as a child or youth that you know understand to be erroneous ideas or fallacies. You may have learned the fallacies, which may have been mislabeled as "facts" when you were a child and did not have the cognitive capacity to properly evaluate the veracity of the ideas you may have been forced to memorize. The ideas may have related to stereotypes such as racial prejudices, or gender inequalities, or sexual orientation biases, or unverifiable mythical faith-based religious ideas.

Since reading is a special way of thinking, it is more important than ever in this current age of social media that you look for more profound levels of knowledge about many kinds of subjects. By reading widely and deeply, you can strengthen your mind's mental functions (mental forces) and change your adaptable self-identity.

The goal for living long and well depends upon keeping fresh blood flowing through your veins and arteries and keeping sparks of electro-chemical ionic signals flowing throughout your connectome (brain and nervous system). Your connectome, which consists of your brain and all the motor and sensory neuronal pathways in your body, is now being "mapped" by neuroscientists at the smallest possible nano-microscopic atomic and molecular levels with the newest Block Fluorescent 3D Computerized Microscopes!

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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?

Take Command of Your Life
with Three New Skills

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:

(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." (Book Source = Working Memory Advantage, 2013, page 183; See also Appendix: Working Memory Quick Hits Manual on pages 280-291).

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RECOMMENDATION: You can re-read this summary according to a reinforcement schedule, such as a few hours later and a few days later and then several times in the next week or two. This strategy can help you take advantage of the power of the spaced-repetition method of memorization. Such deep introspection can strengthen your natural willpower and change your adaptable self-identity. This systematic self-empowerment educational process can increase your self-esteem in many profound ways as you learn to predict and adapt to the future.

You are your adaptable memory!

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