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Memory is a child walking along a seashore.You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things. ~Pierce Harris, Atlanta Journal
Main Entry: mem·o·ry
1 a : the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms b : the store of things learned and retained from an organism's activity or experience as evidenced by modification of structure or behaviour or by recall and recognition
2 a : commemorative remembrance <erected a statue in memory of the hero> b : the fact or condition of being remembered <days of recent memory>
3 a : a particular act of recall or recollection b : an image or impression of one that is remembered <fond memories of her youth> c : the time within which past events can be or are remembered...
There can be no learning without memory.
If memory plays such a significant part in our lives, then how does it relate to our learning? According to Aaron P. Nelson (Ph.D. Harvard Medical School. (2005). Achieving optimal memory), humans process new information, store it, and then later retrieve it this information. Psychological research has proven that for both animals and humans, memory forms a crucial part of our learning process. Researchers today are finally in agreement with motherly instincts; babies can actually recognise and remember their mothers voice within the first few days!
During infants cognitive development, they begin to show clear signs of developing short term memory. Early cognitive development researchers such as Piaget (1923, 1926, 1970) may have underestimated the capabilities of young infants. Piaget theorized that a child's cognitive system is more or less limited to motor reflexes, which are present at birth, such as sucking. However, cognitive development is far more extensive; when motor skills are substantially reduced, 6-month-old infants can remember a sequence of actions for 24 hours (Barr et al., 1996; Learmonth et al., 2004) and provided their memory is prolonged with a series of reminders, 3-month-old infants also show evidence of learning in deferred imitation tasks (Campanella and Rovee-Collier, 2005).
Learning, as defined by Tortora and Grabowski (1996), is the ability to acquire new knowledge or skills through instruction or experience. Memory is the process by which that knowledge is retained over time. Children's memory, like adults, have three important components of processing information: first, they must acquire the information. Then, they must store and consolidate the information (meaning, if you concentrate well enough, you may be able to remember the information over the long term). The last stage is retrieval; accessing the stored information.
As we grow into young adults, we heavily rely on our memory. Language skills we have learnt as children, eventually temporarily disappear. As academic students, we must retrieve important skills to use for our learning. As we grow older, our brain processes slow down, thus memory consolidation and retrieval is reduced. We must constantly exercise our brain to memorise and recall information. Constant simulation of the brain improves our concentration levels, so when we access information, our brains can work competently.
Thus, from the evidence supported, memory and learning are very closely linked. Without memory, we would not be able to access or uncover the hidden treasures of information. Discover memory techniques to improve your academic skills; I wish you all success and revelation as you begin your intellectual journey.
- Understanding Memory An in-depth video on the way our memory works.
- A Matching Game to train your memory An entertaining and memory-testing game for older children and adults
- Kidsmemory.com A fantastic website designed to improve children's cognitive memory skills
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