Re-Evaluating Our Understanding of How Memory Works: Beyond the Long and Short Term – A New Theory

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The human brain – what an amazing and complex machine it is! All of our life’s experiences, feelings, sensations, emotions, thoughts, and actions start and stop in the brain. From epic sadness to existential joy, the human psyche is capable of performing the most profound tasks in each of our lives. Were you aware that literally everything that happens to you is a perception generated inside your brain? You are never hot or cold, in pain or joy, tired or awake. The states of being we experience are translated in your mind, and it’s so different for each person that the same exact moment can be 100% different from person to person. One of the greatest mysteries still left to biological sciences is how the brain operates, including memory. For a very long time, we’ve accepted the principals of short and long-term memory as the model for how we think and behave. It’s so profound in our lives that we model computers to have the same type of thinking mechanisms. But, what if there was more to it? What if memory was so much more complex than we had initially believed that it would not only substantially alter the way we understand experience to behavior, but could alter our understanding of how we learn, treat disease, build technology, and fundamentally the way our entire society functions?

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Touch is an interesting concept. No two molecules, ‘touch’. In fact, bringing them too close together can cause a static charge. Getting even closer could lead to a small atomic explosion. The electromagnetic fields present in all objects cross paths with one another long before molecules make contact (and by long, we are talking in the nano-scale in some cases), protecting us from the unpleasant consequences. In turn, our brain translates these experiences into actions that human beings can comprehend on a more macro-scale. The electromagnetic fields never change their phase – they are constant. Yet, the subtleties that make up our experiences beyond just ‘touch’ all contribute to how our brain translates those events. From a loving parent holding their child’s hand to a violent crushing force – the fields that put pressure on our bodies are the same. So, when we talk about the complex functionality of the human mind … we mean complex.

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Unlike computers, we have to remember that our brains don’t use anything as simple as 1’s or 0’s, storing infinitely long chains of calculations in order to make up our experiences. If our memory was made up of binary code, it would be so incredibly large that, even at the molecular scale, we do not physically have enough space in our heads for all of it. In fact, the experiences in our lives are so comprehensive that we already leave a lot out, focusing on more important experiences.

So, let’s get rid of the short and long term concept for a moment. It’s a simple explanation but muddies the waters. For this theory, we’ll start with a new idea:

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Ahh… weren’t expecting a little science fiction regarding magic to be a potential theoretical basis for the brain, were ya’? … And … you’d be right. On the other hand, the idea that memories are stored in thin, protein chains (much, much thinner and more microscopic in size than what you see here), does have some merit. Sorry about this next section – it’s going to get even more boring and wordy than my typical works, but is necessary to explain this theory. So, let’s take a look at the theory of memory strands:

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Starting at the top left we have none other than … the brain! The theory of why there are convolutions is an ever changing area of science as new information is learned. In the first part of this theory, I’ll interject the idea that not only are memories stored in very long protein chains (top right of the above picture), but when grouped together, all start to become sectioned off in the ways that make up those very convolutions (and provide the ‘stages’ in life, or ‘timeline’ that the brain has for reference as technically, there is no part of the brain that provides date and time stamps … unless you ask my mother … she knows every date, time, and second of every embarrassing moment of my life)!!! (mothers … sheesh!) Just remember, memory is not 1’s and 0’s separated by packet headers like a binary code … it’s chemicals. Those chemicals don’t have a way to be separated. If our memories were all stored in the same place, it would be a puddle of goo where everything floods together and becomes indecipherable (which we’ll get into)! Instead, by making very, very long protein strands contained in their own coating (the intertwined strands are pictured in the top right, above, all intertwined into a group), the brain creates interchangeable, easily manipulated, and easily separate chains of memory.

Next step in this theory is the middle of our picture above. The protein chains within a single strand are made up of additional protein chains, each grouped within their own packet (shown as separate colors for demonstrative purposes). Each of these strands represents a different sensation: Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing, Sight, ESP, Hormonal. I separate out extra-sensory perception and hormonal for very specific reasons. Instinct, gut feelings, and the like, which I’ve addressed in other discussions, go beyond the immediate physical experiences and cross not only the spans of time and space, also cover emotions, which, although still as simple as chemical reactions within our brain, don’t fit into the other 5 senses (yet still being affected by them). Hormones are another matter entirely. It’s clear that there is a distinct function of the brain to translate hormones – and whether or not it involves the other senses, it is clearly a higher realm of thought processes/neurological functions. But … I’ll digress on that topic as there is much to cover!

Referring back to our picture above, the separate strands store chemicals in specific sequences (the amino acid chain below the strands), designed to interact with the internal parts of our brain, stimulating those senses. Remember the part about life being a series of perceptions? Somewhere inside our brain, everything we’ll ever experience is not only created, but can be recreated. Knowing this, it’s important to see that the amino acids would be stored in a sequence that would stimulate those portions of the brain needed to recreate the experiences. In other words – you don’t ‘see’ memories with your eyes, but the part of your brain that translates chemicals and electric signals into pictures is stimulated by the sequence of chains to recreate the same images. The same as you don’t feel with your body, but can recall the soft touch of a loved one’s hug as if it were really happening – which can also be simulated by sending signals in specific sequences. This may be an important factor as to why our brains have two hemispheres: being able to separate out memories on one side or the other with importance to the value of what senses are most readily stimulated.

For example, you might remember a person’s face – but not their name. You may recall parts of a song, but not the entire thing. The idea being that memories may be stored on separate sides of the brain and not always connect (depending on how strong the memory is – but we’ll cover that in a minute). Additionally, by separating hemispheres, the brain is able to have an additional layer of separation not offered by pools of goop. There’s only so-much separation that can be had and only so much information that can be stored. So, going back to our picture above, at the bottom center is an example of the molecular structure of a protein chain. I’ve only used this as a reference. The point of it is that the chains have additional ‘encapsulation’, in a manner of speaking. When did a handshake start or stop? When did a voice sing high or low? By organizing the molecules in a way that they will send out signals to those internal sensory perception sections of the brain, the brain doesn’t ever have to store a ‘sound’ or a ‘picture’, it signals the right areas inside of it to recreate those instances in the exact sequence in which they occurred. That’s why, during memory recall, neurologists will see multiple sections of the brain lighting up. It’s not because memory is stored in groups – it’s because almost the entirety of the brain is grouped into these goopy amino acid pools that are sucked together in tight chains and it utilizes our basic function of internal perception to keep the memory load to a minimum!

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There are different pools of goo, of course. Some are made up of all the same chemicals (ie. hormones), because the order and sequence of release is dictated by these strands that surround it and that pool is the resource from which it draws to stimulate portions of the body. And, getting back to our two hemispheres: goop is goop. It’s difficult to take a mere 120 chemicals (some of which can’t be grouped together without creating unwanted reactions), and use that to store memories. So, the electrical transmission from one side to the other allows the billions of synapses to fire in unique patterns that create the even more complex interaction between memories.

For example – typing this at near 120 words per minute, I don’t have to look at the keyboard (yeah … way to many years on a computer). The reason is because the repeated use of a keyboard and the establishment of its use as an important function in my life, has resulted in its own, smaller amino acid chain. And, for reflexive actions, it may not be a chain that is linked in with other memories – because I don’t need to recall two thousand hours of playing the piano with fifty thousand hours of typing on a keyboard and everything in between – just to type. I can’t remember whether or not to turn a lid to the left or right when tightening or loosening it – but I can remember where the keys are. So – to speed things up – those memories may be stored in their own chain on one side of the brain, near the physical motor skills, and when the active consciousness is creating words in the head, the letters that spell that word are then cross referenced, shooting across the center of our brains at light speed to the reflex amino chain that controls hand movement and where the keys are on a keyboard. It may be the fact that these amino acid / protein chains are so small, that a shot of electricity across it needn’t be much – and therefore doesn’t show well on brain scans. Additionally, the stimulated chemicals that will recreate the memory may have very little consequential electrical output and are difficult to detect.

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Want proof of memories relying on multiple locations (wherein internal images may be created – but memory use to external action is even more complex)? Try typing something simple – an event that happened this morning, even if it was waking up, and then recall that you read a complex article on the existential, potential theoretical designs of the gyri and sulci of the human brain. Or, pick a much larger, random word than gyri or sulci. Because, when you go to type two words that are not a part of your regular vocabulary, the entire process slows down to go through a series of 1000 other actions trying to remember how to type that. Want more proof? In the middle of typing, try using the decorative open bracket on the keyboard. Hmm? You mean these ones: {}? Yep. Even now, most people have to look down at the keyboard to see where they’re located because simply put, they’re rarely used and thus proves that the brain stores multiple strands for multiple purposes – not as long or short term – but as what’s most important and going to be more readily accessed (having to do with more readily passable memory walls – to be discussed later).

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To help better understand this theory – we can use a music box to help illustrate the idea. The pins on the drum turn around and pull on the teeth of the comb. When released, they create a vibration (or note), that makes up the music. Now, imagine that one of the single protein strands within a memory strand is dedicated to vision and it works much in the same way. Rather than a turning drum, it has a single, electrical signal pass through. That electrical signal crosses the different molecules of the protein chain. Each molecule causes a release of chemicals that trigger a signal back to the visual processing center of the brain. The signals may indicate color, mapping of color, proximity, shapes, etc. By stimulating the visual center within the brain in the same way the visual cortex is stimulated by the eyes, images are created within the mind. And, like the turning of a music box, as the electrical signal passes, the images come and go in a sequential order that makes up – a video, or, our memory. This same process occurs for all the other senses at the same time. Playing back of the memories should typically trigger other memories. So, if I see the face of Uncle Fred (just picking a name here …), the brain’s file allocation table (discussed further on), looks for an Uncle Fred reference in the images it has stored, identifying a name and subsequent memories.

But, like the music box, what if something has triggered a memory with an error – or an infinite loop? What if the reference to the memory, say like a song, triggers an endorphin release and in turn, that endorphin release re-triggers the same signal back to the memory (maybe the file allocation trouble is tripped up, or maybe even a problem in the cortex is looking for a solution and as the riff in a song provided an immediate solution, it goes back to replay that memory again hoping for more endorphin releases)? Suddenly – there’s a song ‘stuck’, in your head. If the memory wall (discussed later) is not broken down or has hardened, the signal could be stuck bouncing around until it is eventually released or wears down. We tend to look for complex solutions to what could potentially be a simple problem – and in this case – both solutions are potentials. If the memory wall related to a song is thicker at the riff (the part we enjoy and invariably put more energy into .. .aka … not all strands are created equally or evenly), maybe the electrical signal continues to bounce around. Or, perhaps the signal is accidentally amplified or triggers other, nearby electrical signals in a series of memory strands, grouped together as audio, and suddenly, other songs pop in there. This potential could link us to some very real solutions for concentration issues and even hallucinatory problems whereby understanding the structural formation of the formation of the brain and its memories, and signals going in multiple directions or crossed paths needs only a little positively charged electro-magnetic stimulation (I know – contradictory – hopefully, you get the point) to focus energy on that area of the brain to stimulate very focused, concentrated repair.

Now, with all the boring stuff aside – here comes the good parts: why our memories do the weird crud they do (and … they do!). Just take at look at the ‘known’ errors that occur in memory, and it would blow your mind. There is no RAM or HARD DRIVE in the human head to separate out long and short term memories. Perhaps there are sections of the brain set aside for ongoing processes, like consciousness, that catalog the memory, like a file allocation table (FAT), that we use to try and access our memories. It’s just as easy to recall something from 40 years ago as it is from 2 minutes ago – as it is from a 1000 years ago! Knowledge gained about history includes information so far back that it’s not even part of our current lives – but we can recall it because it was stored in the course of our current span of time. Thus, the idea of limiting memory to ‘short’ or ‘long’ term, and trying to classify ‘long’ term under too many complex categories – falls short of a good model. In fact, a FAT would be required for not only this theory, but any memory theory to work. As our brains reference parts of a memory, often times, multiple items come up. We have to then weed through those to further identify the more specific information we’re seeking. And, for example, there would have to be an acceptance mechanism that receives a negative signal from the FAT chemicals that matches the correct memory sequence. It’s effective, efficient, and able to work rather rapidly. However, because of breaking through the sheaths of older memories that are buried, even this process can sometimes be slowed down (as I’ll discuss later).

If it’s true that the convolutions in the brain group memories in specific sequences to more easily access them, then we can more readily understand how memory works. For example, things that give you cause to be afraid may all be stored in a similar location that more rapidly has access to the chemicals that are released that lead to fear. And, simultaneously, as fear is one of the most important factors in our abilities to survive and those chemicals take a considerable amount of time to wear down – the memories are in that portion of the brain that manages to keep them with us, longer. Just think of waking up after having the most wonderful dream of your life … vs. a nightmare. Which one sticks around? For the life of us, we can’t fall back asleep and remember the great dream we were having. On the other hand, the second we close our eyes … nightmare time!

As for short term memory – it’s this simple: the amount of energy it takes to build a new amino acid chain to sequence together events is not small. In fact, it takes a lot of energy to build memories. Thus, the more important an event, the more energy we expend, the more blood that’s pumped, and the more solid that strand of memory. A car crash – is pretty memorable. Setting your keys down … not so much. I’ve discussed in other articles about visual acuity and the problems with memory and physical space perception and mental mapping as an issue for not even bothering to store a memory about where you might have set down your keys! And, of course, when we’re tired – energy has to be conserved – so we forget because … ??? Not enough energy to make the strand! YES! Simple – and yet – so very clear. In fact, it could be argued that the brain constantly accesses the multiple memories, or a memory map (FAT), to determine where to write short term memories as they happen and dreams include the process of rewriting chains in the correct location … aka … moving them around! Let’s face it – teenagers are not generally big fans of school – so ‘learning’ receives very little energy (unless it’s a subject they “love”). Younger children learn better because of their “energetic” desire to be edified. But, in the same context, it’s possible for older people to learn just as easily when it brings joy. Ever go to Vegas and see the old folks gamble? That’s a LOT of energy!

However – the opposite side of the coin is the density of the convolutions and subsequent thickness of the memory walls. The more memories being packed in, the thicker the walls get and potentially the more difficult it is for electricity to break through them. There may even be residual leftovers that are broken strands when memory is being rewritten or compiled to make room. It all comes down to understanding the problem with muscular tissue – regardless of where it is in the body. It relies on wrapped tissue contained within wrapped tissue, contained within more wrapped tissues – and so on.

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Therefore, another problem with memories being grouped so closely together is the subtle electromagnetic field breakdown of the tissue that encapsulates groups of memories. Perhaps we can only access the strands of memory from one end to another to keep a chain of events in the correct order (as electricity passes through that strand causing the release of chemicals that brings back images and other sensations). However, the signal for chemicals to be released travels through the sheath that stores those memories. This either requires a lot of repair / management, or it simply leads to a breakdown over time. Let’s examine this principal:

Ever mix two things up? “I swear he looked just like that other person I knew!” or, “I can swear I remember our first date being in the Applebee’s restaurant!” And, so on. The point is, as memories physically “leak” – this causes paths to cross and could lead to the rewriting of memories. Worse, just like in a computer, when the pc goes to check its memory files and they don’t match what it expected, or there’s more or less information than what was supposed to be there – CRASH! Blue Screen of Death (BSOD … or spelled Narcolepsy in my case). Suddenly, memories are lost or completely rewritten to compensate and prevent the massive grand mal seizure that would occur from every synapse and neuron misfiring because memory chains were broken!

Another way to look at this is through ‘dream’ translation. For example, when a person is dreaming that they are in a flood, surrounded by water, or otherwise so overwhelmed, it’s supposed to be an indicator that something in their life is overwhelming them and they’re struggling to keep their head above water. Without spending eons discussing dream theory and just accepting this as true – at night time, when sleeping, the brain could not only be taking temporary strands of memory and converting them to longer / more permanent strands, it could be using cross-platform reference identification in order to properly categorize a dream. Cross-platform reference identification (CPRI) is a term I am creating for this theory. By taking your worst fear from your memories (or perhaps even biologically built-in fear given the consistency among dreamers) and combining that with an event that just happened, the right chemical sequence is created so that when you go back to a situation that could lead to that event … BOOM! Worst … fear … ever!

Unfortunately, CPRI means that basically, chemicals are sequenced through reverse engineering. Rather than knowing how to build the sequence up from scratch, the brain uses common elements to sequence molecular chains and in doing so – memories are crossed (or bear an unmistakable resemblance to one another that may lead to unwanted consolidation down the road). Combine this crossing of memories with the breakdown of a strand wall – and suddenly you remember things differently. Bullies from your childhood seem more terrifying. Certain events that are so traumatizing are more easily locked down and the sheaths surrounding the strands are sealed off and memories become inaccessible. People remember the wrong faces, phrases, and even entire events at a crime scene (which, unfortunately, law enforcement and prosecutors still rely on today … which by itself, is terrifying!).

Another problem with memories stored as bunched strands is the attractive and repelling forces of electrons and the limited spaces. Repelling electrons and electrical fields that get stuck or build up (such as the music box above) could stimulate, breakdown, or reorganize molecules in a neighboring strand. If a strand breaks down and the convolution has compressed in too hard, a part of one strand could collapse in on another, and while electricity shoots straight through the *now* broken strand, it may accidentally cross with the portion of memory that has crossed with it and thus by shooting through the elbow (stretched weak point) of the bent strand, memories are accidentally connected.

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Another valuable consideration for memory strands is why we get headaches. There are a lot of causes that are well known, but migraines and chronic pains remain a mystery. If the breakdown of chemicals is occurring on such a massive scale that the brain is forcibly trying to pump in more oxygen and resources through the blood in order to mitigate repairing a memory chain or series of chains (trying to prevent your own BSOD moment), it’s well worth considering that modern medication is potentially more hazardous than previously considered. While living in pain is not good and needs to stop, new solutions in an anti-opioid government era (where the government is interjecting where it doesn’t belong, screwing over innocent people to satisfy special interest corporate greed … but I digress), may come from evaluating what’s going on with the tissues of these individual strands. Breakdowns in memory strands could lead to constant memory leaks and ergo chronic pains (aka signals from the brain recreating a painful event … which became a ‘strong’ memory due to the massive energy exerted during the pain, even though that event isn’t really happening any longer). Migraines that leave people helpless may have a lot to do with a lack of minerals and vitamins, or even oxygen, needed to maintain those chains.

Memory strands also explain why liars have difficulty keeping events in order. The brain is not storing words or sounds … it’s storing molecule chains to stimulate your internal perceptive sensory functions. Lies don’t give the brain anything to relate to – and it doesn’t have any valid memory from which to draw for reverse engineering to build up the molecular chains. Additionally, the brain is so busy dealing with nerves and guilt and other factors that it has less energy to store the lies. Sure, someone can lie to themselves long enough to establish a false memory after the brain has had some sleep time to process all of that. But, in the moment, that lack of available resources prevents most people from being good liars (except the calm ones who don’t lose resources to guilt and fear).

The next part of this theory is how these memories are kept strong. Everything breaks down over time … EVERYTHING! And, so do the walls of individually grouped memories and the memories themselves. The brain probably spends a lot of energy and time repairing these walls. Failure to sleep properly, too much stress overwhelming the electrical processes/resources of the brain, and lack of proper healthcare all contribute to reduced resources and the inability to maintain these strands. I’ve previously discussed the limitations of the brain, overheating (over-electrically burdening the brain), and other problems that lead to degradation and poor health. But, in this theory – it’s even more important to consider what these consequences are. Everyone is born with an in-tact memory (hopefully), through DNA. The sequence of molecules dictate the formation of our bodies, lifespans, and the origins of our lives. In the formation of the brain, certain functions are put into place that kick-start consciousness and join with the soul. No, we can’t move our arms and legs … thus  … babies flail around, establishing the links for everything to work … but we do rapidly associate milk-filled body parts as FOOD!

So – we begin life with some pre-existing memories. Pain levels are rapidly established. Non-experience related fears (as science foolishly calls them irrational fears), help dictate our behavior and we begin life with a very empty file allocation table (but not completely empty…). Rather than having an entire computer coded program to tell our brains how and when to store memories, memories are created rapidly on the fly. In the beginning – there are probably so many that it’s easy to become quickly distracted (babies!!). As time goes on, longer chains are developed, lasting longer because there is more energy and less repair time needed elsewhere. As we age, the chains have been made permanent and the brain begins to focus only on storing those memories that more of our energy is placed on as its resources become more rapidly consumed with less quantities available. And, as we get older, if we don’t exercise memories, habits, or work on recalling information, the walls of those strands break down. As they do, maybe portions remain behind – but for the most part, entire memories are lost. We may rewrite memories based on more current events to keep in tact what we lose, but using cross-referenced events (CPRI) is because the brain doesn’t keep a duplicate of itself, and can lead to corrupted or false memories – even if only in part.

This would also explain why the elderly tend to dream more than children. As the strands take more energy and time to rewrite, re-group, and manage, so does the amount of dreaming needed to maintain that functionality.

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As I said before – the brain doesn’t know how to organize the molecules from scratch. Either the brain has to reference another, similar memory, or create memories at the moment experiences happen.

And, there you have it. No more of this short and long term memory. Your short term memory can be as strong as you want it to be by keeping your health up, being out of pain, well rested, and as energetic as possible while giving a lot of time and attention to those specific tasks you want to remember (more than just seven … but maybe someone in science can take this theory and figure out the complexity of protein chains and ‘seven’ in the short term memory … although autism sort of undoes that). Tasks that are not as valuable to you – you won’t remember. Memory that gets into the DNA – well – that probably stays and doesn’t break down so easily. Perhaps Alzheimer’s could benefit from the old Harry Potter Pensieve, supplying more energy, more oxygen, and more electricity to someone in need while revisiting those memories that exist and helping strengthen the walls and/or rebuild them. Perhaps many of our memories could benefit from evaluating where oxygen is lost, or heat builds up, and where we can benefit.

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An important fact though: human beings weren’t brought into a duality world surrounded by the entire planet all at once. The internet, television, and video games have increased the load on the human brain to the point of maximum exhaustion. No wonder there’s memory errors galore! Of course, as I’ve discussed before – we do need real world input. One of the reasons kids will rifle through game after game is a lack of real-world input that their brain is trying to satisfy with games … when what they need is knowledge (cause the info they’re getting is empty and clearly not satisfying with how quickly they jump from game to game). A lack of social input = social gamers!

Sure, some people are born with the ability to remember certain activities better than others, have better oxygen supplies, greater capacities for electrical current, and better DNA for creating strong strands of memory. But, that’s not always as great as it may seem (just live with an individual with autism … it’s neat … but the sacrifices are many). If you worry about what could be – or just want to exercise good, preventative measures, then the answers are simple:

  • You need the right, healthy doses of vitamins and minerals for the body to keep the resources needed for strong memories.
  • You have to exercise to keep your blood flow (oxygen) levels higher. This doesn’t mean a diet level exercise, it just means staying physically moving without stress.
  • Stress down! The more that takes up your resources and the more the brain has to focus on those matters, the less it has to keep the strands in tact.
  • Sleep better. For some of us – this is never going to happen – our futures are already cast in the stones that lay in the dark depths of despair – but for everyone else – there’s NO excuse!
  • Chill out on all that television, internet, and video games! Sure – reading theories and hypothesis are fun. Reading stories stimulates memories and thus gives energy to the right places. Television is VERY consuming. On the other hand – most science fiction fans I’ve ever met, dedicated to their shows – have some pretty darn good memories! Video games and the internet, with lies and unimportant drama – just make things worse.
  • Remember and clarify! That’s right – remember different parts of your life. Not the stressful ones – don’t worry – those will come out in your dreams! Try to focus on the good ones, strengthening those memories. If there’s something traumatic – yeah – it may be such a thick strand that it causes problems and needs resolved, but otherwise – focus on the positive (thick strand = buried memory … literally). It’s actually important to remember your life! Unless those areas of your brain get electrical stimulation, the repair mechanisms that keep them from breaking down, may just let them degrade. It’s like having a skill … if you don’t practice it – you lose it.
  • Brain games are great for one reason: they get blood to the brain and get you thinking! That takes us back to exercise!
  • Workers – take a break every 30 minutes – SERIOUSLY. Revitalize, refresh, check your SEEDS (sleeping, eating, exercise, diet, social), and maybe jump around for a second, ask someone how their day was, or do something positive that’s not “too” brain engaging (because you’ll get distracted or continue to overwork the brain). I know an accountant who, after staring at computer screens for hours trying to find one entry among thousands finally learned to walk away, get something to drink, take a walk around the building … whatever it took. Upon return – INSTANTLY saw the problem! Bet many of you have experienced that. Your brain is storing the memories of where that information is, or the project you’re working on – but when doing something dynamic … it’s hard to build a single memory chain – so it remains volatile, weak, and leaks out. Turning away and refreshing gives your brain a chance to solidify some things, cool down, refocus the oxygen and blood, and then, when you’re feeling positive and good – returning to it will GUARANTEE your success because the brain has already allocated info to your file allocation table, knows right where it is – and the energy is there to make it happen! Try it – couldn’t hurt!

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So, there you have it (if you made it this far … or are still awake!). The brain-strand / memory-strand theory! There’s much more to the theory – but any longer – and it may not be memorable! 🙂 In the meantime, hopefully this inspires you and gets some of that blood pumping to help boost your memories!

So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.

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