It is good to have a deeper understanding of the way the brain functions. When you will know how it works, you will automatically know that what it takes to improve its functioning in the most optimum manner. It will help us to understand the most sought after question about our brain- what part of the brain controls memory?
Before we enter into the scientific picture of our brain’s functionalities, let us learn how the memory works!
The ability of our brain to consolidate the events and converting them into memories is known as consolidation. The neurotransmitters present in our brain enable nerve cells to send communication from one to another, using synaptic connections. This communication transmits a message from neurons to brain which is known as memory or memory consolidation. Now coming back to our question- what part of the brain controls memory?
Well, as suggested, the answer to this question may not be as simple as it looks. In reality, there is no one part that can be named for controlling the memories in our brain. It is indeed a wholesome procession in the brain that controls and creates memories. Various fractions of memories are stored in various parts of our brain.
Let us now provide you some surprising facts about our brain and memories that will help you expand your knowledge on the subject:
- The memories in our brain has two types:
- Short term memory: when we can recall things after 15-30 seconds it is known as short term memory
- Long term memory: anything which can be recalled after 2-3 minutes of its occurring is known as long term memory.
- There is unlimited storage capacity in the human mind. We can create and store as many memories all through our life as we want.
- The human brain begins to remember things from the mother’s womb itself. The memory actually begins to work just 20 weeks after conception.
- Drinking caffeine does not have any effect on our memories. People often believe that caffeine can make their memorising abilities better and thus try to increase intake of caffeine during exams. However, the fact is that caffeine only helps in increasing alertness.
- The importance of sleep is not only for our body but for the mind also. Sleeping increases the retaining power of the brain. Long term memories can be accessed through sleep. In fact our dreams are an imagery that mind creates from our memories and brain’s creativity. At times our dreams come out as a result of such topics that would have touched us most deeply.
- The age does not have any impact on our memories. It is a misconception that our mind starts losing the facts as it ages. The fact is that our brain exercises start getting reduced as we age and thus the memory loss occurs.
- The human memory has been found to create associations. It can associate itself with some fragrance and thus create memories of the events and occurrences in the past which we often experience. Anything that awakens our senses can get relative to our memory components.
- We tend to remember things that have come to us in different and unique ways increasingly.