Memories are specific to each person andare what help to make each human unique and different. Humans can begin formingmemories as early as three years old, and once they begin, theycontinue to form them the rest of their lives. Memories are important becausethey contain practically everything humans have ever heard or seen since thebeginning of their lives. Recalling memories from our storage systems is anactive process that happens throughout the brain.
When trying to recall anevent, humans actively reconstruct memories using cues and informationavailable (Lilinfeld). This means that anindividual’s memory is very prone to error, and possibly not even be able to recallsome experiences or details at all (Lilinfeld). Memories are very important indaily human life and help people remember and recall practically everythingthey experience as an individual.Some of my earliest memories thatI can recollect from my long-term memory storage are very blurry and hard toremember.
One of my first memories I can reminisce on is my vacation to Alabama.I traveled with my parents and cousins. I remember waking up early to make thelong 15-hour journey. I do not remember much about the drive, besides wonderingwhen we would finally be there.
Once we got there, I remember the sun’s heatbeating down and transforming my skin into a bright red tone. One of myfavorite and easiest memories to recall is the one day when my whole familydecided to build an epic sandcastle. I also remember ordering heaps of deepfried shrimp at night and the smell of the restaurants. They all had a scent ofseafood and happiness.
These recollections of memories are all the experiencesI can recall from my trip to Alabama that summer, but memories are differentfor every person. Both my parents went with me toOrange Beach, Alabama that summer. My dad’s memories of the trip are completelydifferent from mine. My father, Kevin, recalls making the drive to Alabama onthe busy U.
S. highways and how he had to keep drinking coffee in hopes toenergize himself to drive more. He remembers waking up each morning and makingbreakfast for my family and packing the beach bag every day for the short walkto the beach.
He remembers going to, and really liking a restaurant called theFloribama, which was right on the border of Florida and Alabama. He also, likeme, remembers going out to eat nearly every night and ordering plates of freshcaught seafood from the ocean that day. These are all memories that differ frommine, but also have close correlation.
All memories are unique to each personand differ from each individual’s experience. The difference between thememories of each person and the way they remember these experiences is basedoff of the information processing theory. The process of creating a memory goesthrough a serial process of three systems; sensory, short-term, and long-term(Lilenfeld).
The memories of both my dad and I went through all three of thesesystems in order to stick in the back of our minds and be able to be recalledwhen we need. Some information could be lost over time due to decay or evenhave interference which means it is lost because it is overtaken by newincoming memories (McLeod). Theseprocesses explain why my dad and I have different memories or even can recallsomething the other person cannot. Our sensory memory sees and holds ourperception for a few, short seconds before then moving it onto the short-termmemory.
The short-term memory then retains this information to pass it onto thelong-term memory. Long-term memory then holds this info as a memory that can berecalled later (Lilinfeld).Overall memory is a very powerfulmind function that makes each person unique and different.
Without memories, wewould not be able to remember life’s great moments and all the fun we had whilemaking those memories.