Memory: Active Learning, Malleability
Time: September 4, 2018
Place: Weekend chats at the lake
Pointer from: Donna
Note type: Direct
- voluntarily rememberingchoicecombining information in a way that creates something new.
- Study: Our memory is better immediately after actively remembering an unrelated object. For paper: http://www.donnajobridge.com/pdfs/bridge14nsy.pdf
- [ME]: So when I try to remember what I thought about when I went for a run, or when I try to remember the points of a fascinating conversation— my brain is now in an active state that promotes learning?? Seems like thats then the best time to then follow up on what I was thinking about, to learn more.
- Telephone game theory. Our memory is like the telephone game: the message is passed from our past self to our current self every time we remember it. Memory has no “master copy," it just has a message that is continuously altered every time you think about it.
- We can be highly confident that we are accurately remembering an event, when in fact, we are recalling the last time we remembered the original event. (We don’t have any feedback mechanisms to tell us if this recall is true to the original or not)
- Studies of memory consolidation show that older memories are more stable than newer memories. [ME: Sounds like mature vs. new ant colonies!]
- See also: forgetting curve https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forgetting_curve
September 4th, 2018