I&S Memory

Vocabulary

  • Consolidate -> Making something stronger, and solid
  • Synaptic connections -> A structure within your brain that neurons use to communicate with each other by sending signals.
  • Neurotransmitter -> A chemical in the brain which makes the transmission of signals send between neurons possible.
  • LTP (Long Term Potentiation) -> Recalling a memory repeatedly, so that the path way the neurons take in order to bring up the memory is consolidated, and makes it easier to recall memories.
  • Reconfigure -> rearrange and put things together, one more time.

Memories are created, when neurons travel through the synaptic connections using neurotransmitters and send signals to each other, and in a sense, communicate. When more neurotransmitters are present when the signals are sent, the signals are sen’t stronger, and memory is created stronger, and makes it easier to remember that memory. However, when there are less neurotransmitters present at the time, because you aren’t paying attention, the memory is sent with a weaker signal, and makes it harder for you to recall it, and remember it. to make your memory stronger, you need to do this repeatedly, to consolidate your synaptic connection. This is called LTP. For example, if you meet somebody for the first time, they tell you their name, and maybe you forget it at first. This is because you aren’t focusing 100% and there are less neurotransmitters present, and the memory is weak. However, if you meet that person many times after that, and call them by their name, the synaptic connection gets stronger, and it turns into a stronger memory which is easy to recall.

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