Every day, we all have wonderful memories or significant information we want to save mentally.
But the problem is, as usual, we tend to lose grip of that information. In fact, we are lucky enough if we could remember the 5% of our experiences since birth.
The memory problem is not only noticeable in older adults but also in young ones. Students, for instance, experience hardship in storing or remembering the lessons they previously reviewed.
The ability to store and remember information can be instrumental in achieving success either in school or in real life.
But how can we create a memory that lasts?
A new study headed by Professor Per Sederberg found a promising result. According to this study, memories that last are connected to important experiences.
In addition, the researchers found that long-term memories are built from peculiar events.
In other words, salient experiences tend to be stickier than common experiences.
The authors recognized the importance of the peculiarity of an experience in storing and retrieving memories.
Professor Per Sederberg had concluded:
” You have a build a memory on the scaffolding of what you already know, but then you have to violate the expectations somewhat. It has to be a little bit weird. “
The connection between similar significant experiences is called scaffolding.
Everything that happened to you since birth is connected to other important memories in your life. This may include your friends and families, painful and joyful experiences.
The experiences that you still remember today are only those of significant value of you.
How to create a memory that lasts?
The researchers suggest the most efficient way you can do to retain certain experiences in your mind.
Professor Sederberg believes that:
” If we want to be able to retrieve a memory later, you want to build a rich web. It should connect to other memories in multiple ways, so there are many ways for our minds to get back to it. You want to have a lot of different ways to get to any individual memory. “