Friday, January 07, 2005

Personal Memory - More Than Facts

Memory for something that you've lived and experienced in the past is encoded more richly in the brain than a simple fact about yourself. Autobiographical personal memory can often be a strong resource for stories and writing, but also it can be useful for helping memory. If you read the article about superior memory posted in an earlier blog, it mentioned a strategy for remembering rote material by visualizing it then pretending to place it at different points along a well-known path from your past. It's with this strategy that simple fact memory can be augmented. It's fused with the rich associative world of personal autobiographical memory. Sometimes if a child has fairly severe memory difficulties, this kind of strategy can be used to help memory. In fact some preferential kinesthetic learners may not be 'motor' or procedural learners, but rather very personal ones.

The Functional Neuroanatomy of Episodic and Semantic Autobiographical Remembering: A Prospective Functional MRI Study -- Levine et al. 16 (9): 1633 -- The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

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