Memory Strategies to Daily Life

Memory Strategies to Daily Life

Write a 1,000-1,250-word essay about how you use memory techniques in your daily life. Include the following items:

Explain cognitive mapping as well as one other memory strategy from the course materials.
Explain at least two advantages of employing each memory strategy in daily life.

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Daily Life Applications of Memory Strategies

Until recently, excellent memory was assumed to be the domain of people who were otherwise considered geniuses. The prevailing notion was that people were born with this aptitude and, as a result, were idolized by their fans. However, advances in modern science and a better understanding of brain activity would subsequently debunk these axioms, with the consensus being that memory-improving procedures could be created. It’s not uncommon for someone to walk into a room and forget why they were there in the first place. This is an indicator of weak memory, which may necessitate the use of memory methods. These strategies would necessitate the person following a set of instructions on how to improve their ability to retain information and, as a result, their memory (Brown, Roediger, & McDaniel, 2014). Because there are countless daily obstacles that may be handled quickly using previously acquired information, memory is essential to our well-being. As a result, the goal of this research paper is to look into cognitive mapping and mnemonics, as well as their good effects on a person’s life.
Cognitive Mapping

Humans, like any other animal species on the planet, have evolved to the point where they can master their environment in order to maximize potential. Cognitive mapping has greatly aided in the attainment of this level of mastery. An individual can create a sketch of a familiar area in order to have an easier time maneuvering in the near future. In reality, this was a change that occurred on the evolutionary plane as a result of the challenges that early man faced on a daily basis. Danger was always lurking around the corner, which is why it was critical to create a cognitive map in order to avoid falling into an old trap. Since it had been strengthened to a specialized level, allowing for the formation of a stronger retention power, it was this primitive mammalian response that was responsible for the permeation of species across the globe (Coon, 2010, p. 67). Furthermore, the successive amplification of this specific segment meant that humans had a rough layout of the expanse surrounding them and could make a better choice. The species’ survival and success were entirely dependent on these cognitive maps, which essentially served as blueprints for whatever was surrounding them.

Using cognitive mapping as a memory strategy has yielded numerous benefits over the years. These advantages frequently take the form of everyday capabilities that the average person is capable of achieving. First, the individual develops a keen awareness of their current surroundings, comprehending the landscape and all of its elements. A well-developed cognitive map is the reason that many people can travel from one location to another without difficulty. Cities, for example, are complex mazes in which a person could easily become lost, but this rarely happens to residents. Cognitive maps frequently serve as a compass, reminding users of which routes to take, areas to avoid, and the direction to their destination. Second, thanks to their cognitive maps, humans can make rough estimates of the distance they would have to travel at any given point. Orientation issues are resolved because the hippocampus is specifically designed for this function, making it quite simple to go about one’s business. In the absence of this cognitive map, the body would be subjected to enormous stress because a rough estimate of the distances to be traveled could not be made.
Mnemonics

Mnemonics are some of the most commonly used memory devices, owing to their ease of use and subsequent effectiveness. Nonetheless, the overall goal of this technique is to help people improve their retention and retrieval abilities. The encoding used is detailed in its description to ensure that the subject can follow retrieval cues when needed to comprehend its meaning. Mnemonics have been hailed as a man-made method that has allowed people to improve their memory retention capacity even when it had previously deteriorated. Music, name, expression, model, ode, note organization, image, connection, and spelling mnemonics are the most common types (Goswami, 2011). The overall goal is to devise a clever technique that makes it very easy for a person to remember a specific set of information. The human brain is capable of recalling all vital information that an individual acquires, but a lack of willpower usually results in people being unable to recall any of it. Because the neural pathways are strengthened by this technique, previously acquired information is now easily accessible. These patterns are distinct and quickly become embedded in the subject’s memory, making it easier to recall a specific set of information.

The use of mnemonics in the modern world has been hailed as a groundbreaking discovery that has benefited a large segment of society. Patients who suffer from bouts of memory loss are among those who have been fortunate enough to benefit from its effectiveness. It is critical to understand that memory is vulnerable to changes in the conditioning of the human brain and may fail in the event of an illness. Epilepsy, strokes, and head injuries are all conditions that have been shown to have a negative neurological impact on a person’s memory. In such cases, the use of mnemonics has proven beneficial, with significant improvements observed in such patients (Mahy, 2018, p. 43). Furthermore, when using mnemonics, young children have a better chance of developing an advanced vocabulary in contextual learning. This is due to the fact that their brains are usually malleable enough to allow such impressions to be formed. Educators have been at the forefront of its use in schools as a resource capable of providing an instructional sequence with maximum effectiveness. Because the medial temporal lobe stores more data from episodic memory, long term memory can be positively influenced…

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