THEORY OF MEMORY
1. Brain memory
The Memory, Language, and other Brain Abilities online book is the third chapter of The Global Cognitive Theory book. Consequently, it is highly recommended to read the previous two books for a better understanding of the given proposals and concepts.
The introduction of the first online book, Brain and Modern Computers, explains the Global Cognitive Theory is a consequence of the application of the General Theory of Conditional Evolution of Life to evolutionary psychology.
The book mentioned above also contains a small summary of the four online books of the Global Cognitive Theory, giving a quick perspective of the theory.
The book The Brain and Computers, besides describing a general scheme of the cognitive functions of the brain, it states the concept of intelligence implicitly includes the memory concept and vice versa.
This interrelation between intelligence and memory suggests an additional reason for the suitability of reading the Intelligence, Intuition and Creativity online book.
The essay about intelligence has two significant sections with direct repercussions on the memory and language theory. On the one hand, the model of knowledge management with the involvement of the elegant intelligence help us to classify the memory; both from the object regarding the reliability and time reaction of the memory answers, and the temporal horizon. The other substantial section refers to the genetic character of the cognitive functions, like intelligence and memory.
The second section of the Memory, Language, and other Brain Abilities book relates to the exciting topic of how to improve memory from a realistic perspective of the non-existence of miracles or supernatural improvements. However, it roughly points out how to help the natural brain working; which would be more efficient the better the functional structure is known, or the evolutionary psychology understood.
The next section discusses the types of memory, analyzing the conscious processes and the temporal horizon of the memory separately. Among the first types, we can point out the instantaneous memory and the specialized ones, which have particular characteristics, like the visual, linguistic or emotional memory. Concerning the temporal horizon, it discusses the prestigious distinction of the short, medium and long-term.
At the same time, it expresses two subjects about the reliability and integrity of memory. Whereas reliability of the answers given by the memory manager, which is the intelligence, we have debated in the second book of Cognitive Global Theory; regarding the integrity of information, it leads us to a discussion about the unconscious mechanisms of compression, degradation, and reconstruction of the information.
The fourth section studies the mechanisms of conscious optimization curry out by the brain and the influence of the environmental conditions. It uses the expressions automatic memory and directed memory to emphasize the possibilities of affecting the cited mechanisms of optimization.
Moreover, it describes strategies used by the brain to improve the management of the information, like the dynamic memory or pre-established packages, and to memorize only the opposite to the logic.
The last section refers to evolutionary genetics and neuroscience; it comments the limitations of a conceivable statistical study similar to the EDI Study - Evolution and Design of the Intelligence but on memory.
In particular, the problems of the statistical analysis on genetics and memory are due to the different types of memory, the lack of quality indicators and the effects of complementarities, owed to the interaction between the intelligence as the information manager and the cognitive ability to store the information.
Once we have an overall view of the cognitive function of the memory, we go further and try to explain the fantastic power of the language, the semantic memory, and verbal reasoning.
Finally, we add some considerations on the genetics of the language and its evolution.