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  1. #1 Memorizing? 
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    How is the mechanism of memorizing? And how can we forget something?
    And one more thing that I think is the most interesting is, how our brain can imagine?


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    The physical mechanism from seeing something, impulse travels along the optic nerve through the sensory neurones/cerebellum/hippocampus. Piaget theorised (at least i think it was piaget) that average humans can remember 7 (+/-2) pieces of short term information at any one time, this is relayed from the cerebellum to the hippocampus or disregarded, depending on whether the information is deemed important or not!

    And here is where is gets fascinating! Your long term memory can store a seemingly unlimited amount of information, millions and millions of memories in your brain, however problems arise with retrieving this information from the long term memory. This is why people who remember long sequences of numbers often picture something that is quite familiar to them for example... arriving home from work and opening the front door. each act has a different number (turning the key). A crude way of thinking about it, but it is a way of retrieving this 'hidden' information.

    Good question!


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    Hardly do I know why, but U really find it difficult for me to forget all the awful things ,however delightful experiences would fade away with time .
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    Sorry for leaving this forum for a long time.
    well, I think that's a good answer even though I still don't understand. this question comes when I'm thinking about computers. Computers remember by writing down the data on a disk, but since I know that our brain consist of only nerve cells (which can write nothing), I began to question this.
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    It's not completely understood yet, it seems to involve physiological modification of neurons through protein modification and changes in gene expression. It is complicated, neurobiology is a cutting edge field which I'm not well versed in.
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