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Stuff You Should Know: A Podcast to Remember

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Comment by William Warren IV on May 19, 2011 at 12:11pm

La memoire


Having listening to this podcast for the third time, it has truly perplexed me to regain the same thoughts and direction I previously retained from the podcast as well as gain a newer and fresher understanding towards defining newer concepts to explore further.


Since I’m a “90’s Kid” I have experienced the dramatic change from the first computers, to the mass production where people cannot even live without the internet. I have seen firsthand what it has done to our society with both good and bad impacts.


The thought of this brings the other concepts I have learned prior to this concept; bringing in sensory memory, short term memory, and long term memory. Introducing these we have a bridge of sensory memory which is also your working memory, which allows us to regain short-term memories and convert them in to long term.


There are 100 billion neurons in the human brain as well as an estimated 1 quadrillion synapses within these neurons. All of these electrical impulses in the brain carry information from one part of the brain to another, part of the body, pretty much anywhere you need to send signals that work with your sensory, short, and long term memory. One cool thing about memory is that if we take an emotional value towards a certain memory then we are more likely to put it into our long-term memory.


So the question is; is the internet reconfiguring our brain so it only runs off of sensory/working and short term memory, with no long term gains?


Comment by Asjia Saunders on May 19, 2011 at 8:57am

What are you think right now? this is your brain at work. Remembering what my name is your memory are work, memory is what makes us who we are. Incoding this the first step on creating a memory,your hippo campous is a sea horse shaped that sorts though your brain to help figure out my name. Quodrillion synapse connection in your brain non stop. The nero conection in your brain fires 30-60 seconds a minutes. I thought it was interesting that giraffes nerons are three feet long in there neck. Also that you short term memory holds seven memories for twenty thirty seconds. there is also three stages to keep memory awareness,attention and retrieving. If you think your memory is fading you should pay more attention to things.

Comment by Emily LaLonde on May 19, 2011 at 8:51am

The podcast about our memory was very interesting to me. I liked how it taught me what caused memorys how we retain them and how we forget things that dont mean stuff to us. Neuroprojections is all that a memory is is your neutrons firing to make you remember a smell, a taste, a feeling. The only thing about this podcast that made me angery is them taking kittens sueing one of their eyes shut for weeks then after the kitten gets used to one eye they kill the kitten and then cut open the brain to look at the hippo campus.

Comment by Johnna Miller on May 19, 2011 at 8:46am

I didn't know there was so much into remembering. I guess I thought about it like the Sesame Street way, with the filing cabinet. It was interesting to think about something you’ve used for a long time or at least most of your life, that it could have changed the way we remember things. But also crazy, because you wouldn’t think that it could make a huge impact on the human mind.

Comment by Kherev Isreal Reeve on May 19, 2011 at 8:42am
This podcast really explained the way the human brain stores memory. I was glad to learn that if you do something over and over again a strong neural pathway will be formed and this is known as experience. I also learned that neural pathways can die if they are not used when they're formed, experiments were done on this subject with cats. I am glad that I learned how my brain works and way that I can improve my memory through better study habits.
Comment by Cassie Wright on May 19, 2011 at 8:41am
Listening to the podcast was very interesting, I mean how often does somone stop to think about how they retain information, and memories? Getting the chance to peice together all the connections your brain takes and uses to keep that information or dispose of it. Knowing that distractions refrain you from remembering, and then paying full attention both excersises the brain, and peices together what you see, hear, feel, taste, all of it helps you remember things. I would deffinetly love to learn more about the brain and its patterns of memory. 
Comment by Matthew Scott Owen on May 19, 2011 at 8:39am

I thought this podcast was very interesting because it is telling you stuff about memory and talking about how memory is based off of a use it or lose it type of system. If people out there has heard practice makes perfect, all that is saying is your brain has something new to learn, for example when I first started bowling I didn’t know anything about what I was doing or what position I should be in, but now after 8 years of bowling it feels as if it is second nature to me because I practiced every day after school.


Comment by Jeffrey David DeWilde on May 19, 2011 at 8:38am

                I think that the podcast was a good way to learn about the brain. It talked about how you gain knowledge and how you remember information.  Also it said that the importance of all of your memories is decided on how you interact with the thing you are going to remember. It also said that your memories are all based on your emotion. Something new I learned was that all your memory takes place in more than just one part of your brain.

Comment by Eric Hirst on May 19, 2011 at 8:36am
I thought it was very wierd what they did with the kittens, but on the other hand it was for science. I think the podcast had a good aspect of how the braine works.
Comment by William Bailey on May 19, 2011 at 8:33am
     I think that this is was a good podcast about how the brain works and how neurons work withen your brain. Personly i'm not into this subject but I think it would be an interesting subject to research on your own

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