Memory is one of the aspects that demonstrate the brain’s complexity. To begin with, memory is the capacity to store and retrieve information. In class, we learned about maintenance rehearsal versus elaborate rehearsal as memorization strategies (Chang, Jo, & Lu, 2011). Elaborate rehearsals are about encoding information in long-term memory, as seen in the case of Daniel Tammet in the documentary “Brain man.” Daniel Tammet can provide correct answers to huge mathematical concepts. Other than that, Daniel can learn a new language in seven days. In this paper, I will reflect on Daniel Tammet’s documentary video and personal examples about types of long-term memory.
Part 1: Daniel Tammet
The Documentary film “Brain man” is about Daniel Tammet and his incredible abilities. One thing that interests me about Daniel is his ability to calculate and recite the huge numbers without any assistance. For instance, when asked to calculate 37 raised to power 4, he was able to give the right answer in less than one minute. Another interesting aspect is his ability to learn any language within seven days. Incredibly, he can perform these incredible things despite suffering from Autism.
According to Daniel, he can see the digits in mind. When asked to calculate, he gets the pictures of the answer on the head. In class, we learned that maintenance rehearsals are about placing information in short-term memory is a technique to effectively encode information in the long-term memory through processing in a more elaborate way using the brain. Similar to the above memorization strategy, Daniel can encode information in his memory after processing.
I believe that there is a good and bad side of having a perfect memory. First, perfect memory opens a platform for learning new things. A perfect memory is one of life’s most credible tools required to be able to learn and be successful in life. Second, it improves an individual level of IQ in performing new things. However, the bad side of having a perfect memory is the inability to forget things that one would like to, such as traumatic events. The question that I would like to ask regarding the video is; Does Daniel Tammet have a distinct brain structure?
Part 2: Types of long-term memory
In class, we learned about procedural, semantic, and episodic memory. Procedural memory is responsible for knowing how to do things. For example, I have learned how to drive a car. In this, I have mastered the procedure and art of driving. Semantic memory is responsible for storing information about the globe (Chang, Jo, & Lu, 2011). For example, I have mastered that Russia is the largest country in the whole world. Episodic memory is responsible for keeping information about events that one has experienced in life. For example, my previous birthday party was marvelous.
A good memory is the ability of an individual to remember specific things effectively. Memory is an important aspect because it affects daily operations. For instance, a perfect memory allows an individual to learn and be successful in life. However, it is worth noting that perfect memory can also affect an individual’s ability to forget events that he or she would wish. Daniel Tammet’s incredible brain allowed him to learn and understand different languages. A perfect memory allowed him to learn a new language in just seven days.
Chang, T., Jo, S. H., & Lu, W. (2011). Short-term memory to long-term memory transition in a nanoscale memristor. ACS nano, 5(9), 7669-7676.
Trekate (2012). Brainman. Retrieved from; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf3-el-dJAw&feature=youtu.be