Memory problems are among the most common complaints people make to their doctors. What is memory? How does it work? Why does it sometimes not work? What can I do about it?
Memory is known as the mental capacity of retaining and reviving information from previous experiences. However, there are different kinds of memory. There is working memory, recent or retentive memory and remote memory.
Working memory, also known as short-term memory, is in your immediate awareness and temporary storage. An example of working memory is remembering a phone number. It only lasts for a few seconds unless you store it. In your typical day, you are bombarded with over a million bits of information, but only a very small part of it is stored. Your frontal lobes (prefrontal cortex) tells you when you need to store parts of this incoming data.
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