How does memory work?


In I&S class we have been working on Psychology, how we remember things and a lot more.

I have read an article of how memory works and how our brain remembers things and makes it long term memory or just stays short term memory and you eventually forget.
In the article, there was lots of new vocabulary for me and I will write down the key new vocabulary that I have learned in this article.

The new vocabulary

Neurons are nerve cells located throughout the whole nervous system and the central nervous system which communicate through synaptic connections.
Synaptic connections are structures that send specific impulses and signals in between neurons inside the nervous system when a certain kind of neurotransmitters allow the impulse to pass further through the neurons nervous system.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that work to bring a certain signal or impulse from neuron to neuron in a synapse
Long-term Potentiation is when a certain signal comes back many times and the synapses become stronger because the brain created a ‘strengthened synaptic contact which sort of puts the thing on your contact list which you will remember if you keep it strong. which also makes is easier to communicate with that specific person then.
Consolidated means that something becomes more stronger or more solid and firm than it was before.


Memory inside the brain is not like a cabinet that all the things you experience and witness get stored in and when you need to use this information later on, you can just recall it easily and then re-use it. It is not sure how the brain works but many scientists predict that the neurons, neurotransmitters and synaptic connections make us remember things in our long-term potentiation. The way we get things to our long term memory is by recalling it many times. This makes this same signal travel through your neurons, and synapses often which makes it easier for that same impulse to travel the same way every time and it consolidates. Because of this it becomes a long-term potentiation and comes in your long term memory.


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