chang|e one's mind

i wrote a song… in my mind

i remember

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wow, i had no idea the picture would change like that.  that’s awesome!

i remember in high school, as my senior exit project i researched long-term memory and reminiscence.  i think the funnest part of the project was interviewing elderly people and asking them about their memories.  it was cool to hear the memories that they had growing up and the different historical events they remembered vividly.  you could see their eyes light up when they recollected their memories of their childhood.  i was really glad to be part of that experience.

what kind of memories would we have?  do you think we’ll remember the things we do now when we’re 80?  personally, i don’t think i will.  i have a horrible memory.  i can’t remember what i had for breakfast.  which brings us to the question: what kind of memory do you have?

the details – you love those puzzles that tell you to stare at a picture for a minute and then show you the same picture with things missing or changed and you have to put down what has changed.  you correct everyone when they tell a story about a time you two shared in the past when they don’t get a detail correct no matter if it matters or not.  you’re one of very few people that actually memorize peoples’ phone numbers.

the repeater – this works both ways.  this person repeats information because they don’t remember telling you before or you have to repeat information to them because they don’t remember you telling them.  needless to say they’re very unreliable in emergency situations and directions don’t work so well for them.  their friends have gotten mad at them on many occassions because they’ve had to listen to the same thing for a while, or repeated the same thing for a while.

the crammer – this is the kind of memory i have.  you can memorize a huge amount of information for a short time but after that, the information is gone.  directions are no problem for you.  shoot. gps?  who needs that?  like the ronco chicken roaster, you set it and… FORGET IT!  this gets you by in school pretty well, but doesn’t really help you out too much in life when retaining information is preferred.


Written by enoch

September 10, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Posted in social observation

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  1. the repeater. me and my sister put some bread in the oven and starting eating dinner. bad idea. halfway through the dinner we smelled something burning. we opened the oven and found pieces of charcoal. 😦


    September 11, 2008 at 4:59 am

  2. repeater


    September 11, 2008 at 9:16 am

  3. not to be greedy or anything but i’m all three. not so much details but my job forces me to be this way. (but i suck at it. details. not the job..) i try not to repeat but i find myself doing it a lot. i always start my sentence w/ ‘don’t know if i told you this or not…’ i am, however, good w/ this directions. i’m a crammer. i only remember stuff here and there from grade school but after HS everything’s pretty blurry. my life became really dull around that time. oh well… wait, wat are we talking about?


    September 11, 2008 at 12:23 pm

  4. the repeater, especially with names. I’ll meet 3 people, and by the time I learn the 3rd person’s name, i’ve forgotten the first. i end up just calling everyone “hey”


    September 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

  5. I only remember trivial information and useless facts. :mrgreen:


    September 11, 2008 at 8:27 pm

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