Improve Your Memory
How your memory works
Short-term memory: focuses on what is happening now; the mind filters out what's irrelevant.
Mid-term memory: the mind stores information that's bizarre, unusual, shocking,
important, interesting and that's relevant to you in some way.
When doing any routine action, when you're doing it automatically, like being on
auto-pilot, let's say while you are driving, if something unusual happens then
you'll remember it for a while - e.g. a deer running across the road. Other mid-
term memory events could be key scenes in a movie, or someone being
exceptionally kind or horrible when it's not expected.
While reading this article, you may not find all of what your reading
interesting but you'll remember the parts that you find of value to you, or that
challenge you, or that you disagree with.
Long-term memory: applies to actions you repeat on a regular basis, like
driving, or riding a bike, how to tell the time, how to tie your shoelaces; you
may have noticed how difficult it can be to a child to tie their laces for the
first time and how easily and unconsciously you can do it now, without even a
Memory is created by repetition or if something is important to you.
I'm going to tell you a story about a lady called Karen, while I'm telling it
see if you can work out which parts of the story are related to her short, mid
or long-term memory:
Karen was on her way to an interview. It's a route she knows well since she used
to work near this place a few years back. On the way she saw a shop window all
smashed up, lots of police and the sound of sirens screeching in the background.
She started to hurry past the scene, she felt uncomfortable, a bit shaken, she'd
never seen anything like that before; looks like there'd been a robbery, maybe
someone had got hurt, she shivered inside as she scurried past.
When she arrived at the building for the interview, Karen was shown down a
flight of stairs, along a very long corridor, filled with some really beautiful
and unusual works of art; at the end of the corridor, in a small office, she was
introduced to Miss Loretta Higgins, who took her through to the interview room
and the interviewer.
From Karen's story, which parts are short-term, mid-term or long-term memory?
Do you have a good or bad memory?