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Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by pete_unaware, Jan 22, 2002.

  1. pete_unaware

    pete_unaware Thread Starter

    Nov 17, 2001
    Does anyone know the word the means to have a major event mark your memory. Like when poeple remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when JFK was shot; or when elvis died; the challenger disaster; John Lennon was shot; etc..
  2. cybergum


    Oct 24, 2001
    The best I can think of is flashback, maybe memory?
    The worst part is I KNOW I've heard it before too :)
  3. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 8, 2001
    I believe the word you are looking for is encoding

    The Encoding Process - Laying Down Memories

    You can think of the process of storing memories in your mind to be similar to that of a computer that utilizes RAM (Random Access Memory) for the temporary storage of information before being placed in long-term storage on the hard drive. This temporary storage, or working memory, depends on a different network of brain structures than long term memories do.

    Psychologists refer to storing memories as an encoding process--a procedure for transforming something a person sees hears, thinks, or feels into a memory. Scientists have determined there are different methods in how we lay down our memories.

    Shallow Encoding

    Repeating information to yourself , such as a phone number, is a process of encoding that is part of our working, short-term memory most of us use when we need to hold a small amount of linguistic information in mind for several seconds. Repeating a phone number to yourself only temporarily stores the information. Many people do not understand why this type of encoding doesn't work for long-term memory -- it is due to our utilizing our brain's phonological loop, that relies on a part of the brain designed only for short-term memory purposes.

    Elaborative Encoding

    If you've ever had trouble remembering something you truly wanted to remember, as most of us, you probably just view yourself as possessing less intelligence than others. These continued experiences of not being able to remember something promotes low self-esteem, not to mention embarrassment. What you are really missing in the memory encoding process, isn't intelligence, but a type of mental glue, scientists call elaborative encoding.

  4. SyscoKid


    Oct 10, 2001
    1. Walking home from school. A girl from another school told me.
    2. At work. A coworker heard it on the radio.
    3. At work. The boss heard it on the radio. We all went to the break room to turn on the TV.
    4. Watching Monday Night Football. Howard Cosell told me.

    Whatever it's called, it's part of human nature.
  5. littlemar


    Jul 12, 2001
    Wow DS, I'll encode this using the shallow thingy. :D I'm impressed. ;)
  6. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 8, 2001

    You have already made that connection today by using the "Shallow thingy".......lol

    ..........However this may be of greater interest to you as well as some of the others:


    and all of this comes down to the fact that we have capabilities beyond what we know, until such time we choose to be enlightened..................
    IOW the tools are in place, we need only know how to access the information encoded.

    I was fortunate in having learned all about this because my employer enrolled me in here:


    ..........and for that I am very thankful. :D

  7. fenwayrocks


    Nov 27, 2001
    Howard Cosel told me too about Lennon. I believe the Patriots were making a rare Monday night appearance.
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