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Connecting Information in your Brain

Much of the information that comes into your brain is connected to other similar bits of information and experiences already stored in your brain. The more connections we can make, the easier it is to remember information. For example, a person who has a degree with a major in history can probably recall historical facts and information easily, because each bit of information is connected or built on other historical information stored in the brain.

Conversely, a person with a major in math may find it more difficult to recall historical facts and information, because there are fewer such connections.

Memory can be broken down into short-term and long-term memory. New information is temporarily stored in the short-term memory room, awaiting permanent storage in the long-term memory bank. Frequently, we forget what's stored in our short-term memory. It's lost before it becomes part of our long-term memory.

This helps to explain why you are able to clearly remember something from your childhood, but you have difficulty remembering something that happened last week or last month.

Something has to be done to reinforce short-term memory information so it is successfully converted into long-term memory.