We are what we remember: unravelling memories

Dongaonkar, Bhaktee (2016) We are what we remember: unravelling memories. i wonder.... pp. 117-121. ISSN 2582-1636

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Do you remember your first day at school? Try to visualize what your classroom looked like. What colour was your uniform? Who accompanied you to school? Were you crying? What did your teacher look like? Some of us have such a vivid memory of our first day at school that it can make us nostalgic even much later in life. If you cannot remember your first day of school, just relax! There is a biological reason behind this lapse in memory that I will explain a little later. Try another example. Think of the best birthday you’ve ever had. How old did you turn that year? Did you cut a cake? What flavour was it? Do you remember the people who were part of your birthday celebrations? What were you wearing? Reminiscences of the first day at school or a fun birthday are memories of events or specific episodes in one’s life, and are thus called episodic memories. While significant episodes from our lives are remembered long after, like the ones highlighted in the examples above; insignificant ones, like what you ate for breakfast a month ago, are soon forgotten. Episodic memories are one kind of memory. Are there other types of memory?

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Dongaonkar, Bhaktee
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Science, Science education, Classroom science, Cognition and Neural systems, Molecular biology, Neuroscience
Subjects: Social sciences > Education > Science education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > i Wonder...
Full Text Status: Public
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/1284
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