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#1 User is offline   aotsukisho 

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 10:59 PM

http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/07...y_overload.html

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Childhood memories might best be kept in a photo album, not in your mind. Turns out, storing old memories can make you forget an important appointment or what you needed to buy at the store today.


This is an interesting article, worth a read.




That said however, I don't quite agree with their point of view on this subject. You don't forget things to remember new things, I think it's more of a forget-to-make-more-room sort of thing. The more room you have, the easier it is to remember - so, in other words, all you're doing is garbage collecting to make it easier (not 'possible') to store new information.

If you simply had a limit to how much information you can store at once, you'd just stop operating after the limit was reached. It's true that people who know a lot generally have a compromise elsewhere in the brain, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they forgot it. Look at the opening statement and you can see what I mean... even if you had 'forgot' your childhood memories and instead stored them in a photo album, wouldn't at least some of the memories return?

Brains are very interesting, don't you think? Computer-human analogies are easy to make because we operate in strikingly similar ways, on the whole.

Talk about this article, or I suppose brains in general.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 10:53 PM

nobody really forgets anything right? because dont we use a very small percentage of our brains capabilities anyway. memories probably get stored somewhere in our unused space right? i know its a small percentage but idk wat it is XP
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 11:13 PM

Yeah. The only thing I learned from my statistics teacher...was something like 10%. If you use 100% of your brain, you're having a seizure XD
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Posted 17 April 2007 - 02:52 PM

I have a hard time rmeembering both recent or new things and old things :lol:
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:09 AM

bump/necromancy for a new and related study.

http://www.informationweek.com/shared/prin...cleID=205921005

basically, this study found that people can only successfully multitask if they concentrate on less than five things at the same time. Five things or more overloads the brain, and negatively impacts performance in all areas. Interesting for people who like to multitask.
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:58 AM

I see. And yeah, you can't forget...completely. it's somewhere. Like when you try to recall something, it's there, you just can't find it in all the rest of the things you have in there. crazy stuff we're made of.
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:45 PM

hmm, I don't have to worry about that since I only do one thing at a time :)
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