Memory Article

Synapses: a joined point between two nerve cells, made up of a minute gap across where impulses pass by the diffusion of a neurotransmitter

Potentiation: The increase in strength of pathways along nerve impulses which have been used previously, either short-term or long-term.

Rapport: A harmonious relationship in which people or groups understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well.

Cognitive: concerned with the act or process of knowing/perceiving

Consolidated: making an object physically stronger or more solid.

To remember something your brain goes through the following process. First, your brain consciously registers the memory, this is called encoding. Next, the brain must consolidate the memory. The last step is called retrieval.

The best way to improve your memory is to keep remembering the same thing, over and over. This strengthens the neural pathway to the memory. There are other things you can do to improve your memory; get a regular sleep pattern, eat a balanced diet, and exercise often. Oh and keep your brain active, this will actually increase the physical size of your brain.

Expedition ’16

For this year’s expedition, half of the grade traveled to Phuket and the rest to Niigata. I chose to go to Niigata because I enjoy hiking and the wilderness.

We went hiking with one backpack for three days which was already a big challenge but we then slept in tents that we built our selfs,  out of the comfort of our usual bed. We also did team building exercises, hiked in the rain and made our own meals.

This was one of the most most fun field studies I had ever been to. We were given more freedom to make our own decisions which gave us more responsibilities but ended up being a good learning experience. The mountains we climbed were hard however the scenery of the journey made it worth it.

In this expedition, I grew as a learner by becoming self-reliant and a leader. I believe this trip has taught me to be more independent as I had to organize my belongings into one bag that we had to carry for up to 8 hours on a mountain. We had to make decisions that would affect us greatly as there was no one to help us if we had made the wrong decision and had brought the incorrect belongings. This gave us a sense of responsibility for our selfs that we probably had not experienced before.

In terms of leadership, everyone in the group had to become a leader at one point in the trip. Whether it was in forms of organising the materials for lunch to be carried by different people or when someone got hurt and volunteered to carry the injured person’s bag, it was an important aspect of the trip.

In conclusion, by going to this trip, I grew as a learner by experiencing more responsibilities and freedom. If I were to do this again, I bring a disposable camera so I could record the beautiful scenery that we witnessed during the journey.