Tag Archive: Long-term memory

Everything that goes through any of our senses is stored in our memory as a mental picture.

It uses our occipital cortex. So, don’t scratch the top of your head if you can’t recall. It happens behind your head!

Just google “visual memory” and countless search pages will show up with miracle recipes on how to improve it.

This is totally uninteresting to me. However, I often take a quick look at all those self-help things, then discard 99% of them.

What is interesting is how our brain works, and thorough studies, serious stuff won’t appear on the first search page. Go further.

I find it fascinating that our memory transforms everything into a mental image. Vivid, exaggerated, lurid, hilarious… Unexpected ways are to be expected!

One of the most important aspects of it, is that if you aren’t actively participating in memorizing, your “file” (memory) will be lost somewhere into some random place you can’t easily recall, or can’t recall at all. Unlike computers, we have no indexing and search option available to find where our file is.

Actively participating means “abstracting” the (usually) boring stuff. You’ll need to find ways to get mnemotechnic in remembering things. It will take some time and practice, but it is worth the sweat!

If you just absorb, you are not memorizing. You are listening, watching, smelling… but not memorizing.

When memorizing, don’t lay on a couch and repeat ad nauseam the same thing, hoping it will get into your memory. You have to add emotion to it to work properly.
Being on a couch is not what I call an emotional trigger (unless you get laid, but that’s another story).

Stand up. Read aloud. Repeat each syllable many times. Let the music come.

Don’t worry, your music will anyway be associated with a mental image. Not a mere image, but a mental one. Those are discrete things!

I hope that by now, you start figuring out why I called this post “our memory is a GUI”. Yes, it is a graphical user interface. Touch this icon / click on it, and it will react.
An icon is an object which has properties. Exactly like our memory.

I am still studying this overlooked aspect of our memorizing process, so expect an update or another post as soon as I have new and relevant content.

Meanwhile, know that nobody has a bad memory. If you want to have a really hard time remembering faces, events, sounds, etc, keep saying to yourself that your memory is poor, or bad, or that you suck.

I encourage you to do your own search. I want us to discuss and debate around this topic.

Well. I’m going to find ways to memorize five high-level programming languages. I’ll focus primarily on Objective-C.

The meaning, the syntax, the words or signs used all have some potential for visual memorizing. What can I do with @synthesize ? Split it into syllables and repeat them until I find a way to relate what is on my screen to what it means. Make music out of it (“synth” could already be “synthesizer”. Or maybe should I try to merge “sin”, “in”, “the”, “size and visualize a huge cock)?

I told you that the more exaggerated, gory or porn, the better and easier to remember. Summarize it into a vivid mental image (not an image like a photo) and link it to its meaning (meanings aren’t obvious in programming). That is why Stanford has a “programming abstractions” course, in my opinion.

Again, don’t merely absorb, but stand up (to stay alert) and actively participate in memorizing.

In those big “memory contests”, they give you energizing beverages. It is not a coincidence, is it?


End of january 2012…

Thanks too an EEG on my request, I’ve just learnt that my right temporal lobe is slowed down for as much as 75% (hence my left hand being amazingly slow), whereas my whole left brain is sped up to a booming 150 percent or more (allowing me to muscle-learn a lot, and at a ultra-fast, face-melting pace).

The two lobes always function at the same time, instead of taking turns like a “normal” brain does. It’s not the common pattern with an alternating activity, in other words. It is exhausting. I last 8-10 hours a day, then fall asleep.

It also explains why I’m struggling to sync left and right. Right now, I’m really uneven in doing something as basic as a single stroke snare roll. RLRLRLRLR…fuckin’ L !
It ends up being jazzy.

I can’t fight it. I tried to, but it turned out to be a real war against myself. No negativity allowed inside. There’s enough outside (linked to inside, as we are a whole) and I’m not the only one to create it!

Yup, this is a mea culpa. I can be negative. What people don’t get is that there has to be a positivity-negativity ratio of 3-1. Google ” Barbara Fredrickson” and you will dig what I mean.

This is all due to chemical imbalance due to way too many years ( 13 ) being fed with improper medication. I’m in total disability regarding work, and I need to fix that shit for I’m running out of gas (money) and cannot refill. Thank whoever I believe in, I’m tough.

All of this happens after tons of applications for rad jobs at Apple. It kinda makes me laugh to read that Apple is an Equal Opportunity Employer. They dismiss weakened applicants! They don’t practice what they preach. They (quite) never did. They have no clue what they miss by only keeping resumes containing a bunch a buzzword bingo bullshit!

However, I’m glad the company is going well even without Steve (as I need their damn products to do what matters to me. I’m an iOS programmer, dangit). I’m somehow pissed and disappointed at how they handle “resume overload”. They should address the issue like Google did. A simple “No more resumes, please. We can’t process 20 million applications a year.” What does it cost?

Can’t Apple also just damn update their job offerings, too? 99 % of them are outdated. I hate writing what I write now, but it’s part of my life!