Total Recall

Picture1.png“Make today an amazing memory” read one of the Giordano shirts. Isn’t it fascinating that today will just be a memory tomorrow? We have to seize the day and take advantage of the opportunity to do good, meet someone, influence others or do things that will matter.

Would you want to have the ability to recall all the things that ever happened to you? Good and bad? I think you would choose the former because it makes us feel good. Forget about the unhappy thoughts or memories.

I also wonder how is it like for a person with a photographic memory. Does the brain have time to rest or flashbacks of memories keep coming non-stop? I may not have this ability but I am glad that I took this course and learned a lot about encoding, attention and retrieving information.

Attention can have an impact on how events will retain in our short term or long term memory. I am guilty of divided attention. Sometimes, I will study while watching a movie or listening to the news. I also tried doing chores while listening to the audio lessons. If I pay attention I can understand what I am hearing, but if not, it is just a background noise. I noticed that I can understand better when I am reading and listening to the audio lessons at the same time and without any distractions.

I also learned about the primacy-recency effect and how it will be useful in classroom instruction and design. I will definitely use this in one of my training. In fact, right after I learned of this information, I now do my reading in the morning where my attention is at its prime.

And there’s the memory palace. The what? I have an idea how it works, maybe used it at times unknowingly. The most common memory techniques that I have used and currently using  are chunking and mnemonics. I also enjoyed the Ted Talks and YouTube videos about this lesson. I am craving for more information and will definitely read more about this topic in the future. I am also planning to get the book of Joshua Foer “Moonwalking with Einstein” 🙂


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