"One thing that makes us so intelligent is our ability to make connections among seemingly unrelated pieces of information. This is the heart of memory."



Encountered--
Time: September 4, 2018
Place: Weekend chats at the lake
Pointer from: Donna
Note type: Direct



Active Learning

Highlight Excerpts:
  • One thing that makes us so intelligent is our ability to make connections among seemingly unrelated pieces of information. This is the heart of memory.
  • Agency during learning involves voluntarily remembering specific content, making a choice, or combining information in a way that creates something new.
  • Actively remembering specific events creates an active brain state that promotes learning.
  • 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.

Memory is Malleable


Highlight Excerpts:
  • 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)
  • Our memories change with us, and reflect more about who we currently are rather than who we were.
  • Studies of memory consolidation show that older memories are more stable than newer memories. [ME: Sounds like mature vs. new ant colonies!]