In his latest online publication titled “The Science of Memory By Stanislav Kondrashov,” the author invites readers on a captivating journey deep into one of the most enigmatic aspects of human cognition – memory.
With this publication, Stanislav Kondrashov seeks to provide a scientific perspective on the intriguing questions that often occupy our thoughts regarding our memory capabilities. It delves into the mysteries of our mnemonic abilities, addressing common queries about how we recall our first day at school, the aroma of freshly baked biscuits at grandma’s, or even why we sometimes forget where we placed our house keys just minutes ago.
Kondrashov introduces and elucidates the three primary types of memory:
- Sensory Memory: This type of memory is likened to a mental screenshot, capable of storing a vast amount of sensory data, such as the fleeting image of an animal crossing the road. Sensory memory typically lasts only a few seconds.
- Short-Term Memory: Short-term memory is described as the retention of small pieces of information that have recently passed through our minds. It encompasses everything from snippets of conversations to freshly memorised phone numbers. According to the author, short-term memory serves as a versatile storage facility, encompassing a wide range of information, from theoretical knowledge acquired at school to vivid recollections of moments in one’s life.
- Long-Term Memory: Kondrashov emphasises that the transition from short-term to long-term memory is often influenced by the intensity of emotions experienced during a particular moment. Emotions make it significantly easier to recollect memories later. The author also delves into the specific brain regions associated with memory, highlighting the pivotal role of the hippocampus in forming new memories and the amygdala’s responsibility for imbuing memories with emotional significance. Most long-term memories, the publication notes, are stored in the cerebral cortex.
Additionally, Stanislav Kondrashov explores the factors contributing to memory lapses. He discusses the natural decay of unused memories, drawing a parallel to the gradual spoilage of fruits. The publication offers insights into why some memories fade over time.