3. Brain memory types
Below, we present various classifications or types of memory according to the different criteria.
The aforementioned presentation does not have an exhaustive nor exclusive character. Some brain memory types do not appear and those mentioned may appear in various categories, for I have tried to keep the exposition as clear as possible.
We all know that brain memory has diverse degrees of temporal retention of data. Over time, the information that our memory provides us with disappears. Other information is harder for us to find in our memory and it is not as exact as it was previously. Other information not only is inexact, but rather we can tell that, in reality, we are reconstructing the data from little information, etc.
We will examine each of these categories and their brain memory types in greater detail.
It contains all information that is accessible in real time, immediately. Although it may seem otherwise, this brain memory is very large; all the information that we constantly use in our daily life is here. We will look at some of its main components:
This configuration's automatism allows for the simultaneous performance of various tasks; the human consciousness is similar to the computer's interface and the unconsciousness with programs residing in the instantaneous memory. Therefore, the more automatic the cerebral processes or the computer programs are, the freer the human consciousness, or the simpler and more intuitive the program's interface will be.
However, this simplicity is accompanied by a disadvantage that is good to keep in mind; computer's automatism sometimes does not let us know exactly what it has done or why. It is always necessary to have general knowledge of how computers work, and the only way to have this is with practice and time.
In this category, we can include the types of special brain memory for automatic loading in instantaneous memory that also form part of long-term memory; although they are not as compressed as this memory, and have their own multidimensional systems of reference.
The following are examples of special memories: linguistic memory, certain visual memory, the archive of the preconceptions, and pre-established quick response programs such as emotions.
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