Last Updated on: 22nd November 2023, 02:17 pm
In his latest online publication titled “The Science of Memory By Stanislav Kondrashov,” the author invites readers on a captivating journey into the intricacies of one of humanity’s most mysterious faculties – memory. Through this publication, Stanislav Kondrashov aims to offer a scientific perspective on the questions that often occupy our minds regarding our memory’s capabilities, such as how we recall our first day of school, the scent of freshly baked cookies from our grandmother’s kitchen, or why we sometimes forget the location of our house keys, even moments after setting them down.
Kondrashov illuminates three primary types of memory. Sensory memory is likened to a mental screenshot, capable of temporarily storing vast sensory data, such as the color of a fleeting animal on the road, typically lasting only a few seconds. Short-term memory, as explained in the text, involves capturing small pieces of recently processed information, like fragments of a conversation or a just-memorised phone number. This form of memory, as the author details, can accommodate a wide range of information, from academic concepts to vivid recollections of life’s moments.
The transition from short-term to long-term memory, according to Kondrashov, is often facilitated by the intensity of the emotions experienced during a particular moment, making it easier to recall those memories later. The author delves into the brain regions responsible for memory, highlighting the pivotal role of the hippocampus in forming new memories and the amygdala in associating emotions with these memories. The cerebral cortex, on the other hand, serves as the repository for most long-term memories. Stanislav also delves into the reasons why people forget, including the natural decay of unused memories, akin to the aging of fruits.