ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
YOUR WORKING MEMORY #1
January 18, 2019
WHAT IS YOUR WORKING MEMORY?
AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
The purpose of your working memory system is to determine what information from your six senses and your habits is the most important at the moment in order to protect you from danger, or to reduce pain, or produce the most comfort and pleasure possible.
Your six senses include your sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell, and proprioception. Your "proprioception sense" involves neuron clusters at your joints, such as knees, shoulders, and elbows that give you your sense of spatial awareness and balance.
The source of your working memory is your prefrontal cortex or PFC. Your PFC consists of two clumps of neurons the size of two pennies located about one inch behind your forehead at the front of your Left and Right Hemispheres.
The beginning of developing your brainpower ("mental force") is to realize that you can learn how to control the functions of your working memory. In addition, your working memory can be thought of as being your "creative imagination", since this function of your prefrontal cortex allows you to be creative any moment that you are aware of the need to be creative.
This awesome function of your working memory in your PFC can be enhanced by learning how to improve your thinking skills and reading strategies. Specific ways of thinking and reading can strengthen the essential "executive" function of your PFC.
The neuronal pathways, which physically connect your working memory system and your long-term memory system, are in your anterior cingulate cortex. They carry biochemical currents (ionic signals/impulses) a few inches from your prefrontal cortex in your cerebrum to your hippocampus in your limbic system.
The brain information on this website emphasizes the profound connection between your working memory system and your long-term memory system. These two key brain ideas are #1 and #15 on the Circle of Consciousness SymbolŠ, which are next to each other on the circle. This indicates that they are inextricably connected inside your brain.
You would not have any conscious self-awareness or be able to have sensible self-talk, if they were not connected in a healthy way. This is the shockingly dreadful dilemma of the victims of Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common and fatal form of dementia. A victim's perception and understanding of his or her self-awareness cannot connect with past memories.
When victims lose contact with their memories of the past, they often forget the faces of family members and how to say things grammatically correct, and the facts of life in the immediate moment. And when they get confused, they confabulate by making up nonsensical explanations to fill the cognitive void.
There is no guaranteed way of preventing Alzheimer's disease. However, maintaining an active brain, doing regular physical exercise, and eating a healthy diet of food may reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's or reduce the pace of the disorder of the dysfunction.
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:
(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.
RECOMMENDATION: Print this summary and read it. Underline or highlight the most important brain ideas to save them in your long-term memory. Then re-read these ideas in a few hours and a few times during the next few days and write notes to take advantage of the spaced-repetition method of memory consolidation. You will be able to use them in your serious introspective thinking about your self-identity and feel them with pride and dignity in your self-awareness.
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