The human memory—facts and information

Whenever you say a phone number to yourself over and over to remember it, you’re using your working memory.

Another way to categorize memories is by the subject of the memory itself, and whether you are consciously aware of it.

Some of these memories are facts or “Common knowledge”: things like the capital of Portugal, or the number of cards in a standard deck of playing cards.

The nerves’ collective activity transcribes what we experience as a memory.

For a short-term memory to become a long-term memory, it must be strengthened for long-term storage, a process called memory consolidation.

As we recall a memory, many parts of our brain rapidly talk to each other, including regions in the brain’s cortex that do high-level information processing, regions that handle our senses’ raw inputs, and a region called the medial temporal lobe that seems to help coordinate the process.

The act of remembering something makes that memory temporarily malleable-letting it be strengthened, weakened, or otherwise altered.

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