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posted on Mar 02, 2011, 10 pm

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Only HandDrawing, Mar 02, 2011, 10 pm

Ducks, ducks, and more ducks!

Captain Ghost, Mar 02, 2011, 11 pm

Heeheee.... how cute, they want to be like QD ^_^

Kellysterhabit, Mar 03, 2011, 12 am

That is so CUTE!!! =^^=

blumchen, Mar 03, 2011, 01 am

Hawwwwww. XD <3 the ducklings! Haha, this made me giggle.

Akiaa, Mar 03, 2011, 03 am

pure win! x3 poor old man

Pandachu, Mar 03, 2011, 04 am

It depends...

Different memories are stored in the brain, for example, short term memory and snippets of information are stored and processed by the hippocampus, a thumb-sized part located deep within the brain. o3o *is too lazy to google the rest*

AerialPenguin, Mar 03, 2011, 04 am

Daww. Those ducklings are so cute ouo <3
O mai. Random button's gone?

Blue Rose, Mar 03, 2011, 08 am

Very adorable~

You know what I noticed this new layout is missing? The "Let's find out!" google search box.

sukai-yume, Mar 03, 2011, 09 am

The cerebral cortex of the brain plays a key role in memory and learning. The pre-frontal lobe becomes active when a short term piece of information needs to be retained but is then transferred through the hippocampus where pieces of information are like... divided into the various sensory areas [or sorted I suppose]. Not entirely sure if thats 100% correct but I just covered it in class about an hour ago.

RandomNinjaGuy, Mar 03, 2011, 03 pm

all I remember is that it's in a loeb on the left side .3.

OrangeJuz, Mar 04, 2011, 10 pm

by our brain nerves? idk i am just p5...

Shanana6 (Guest), Apr 07, 2011, 02 pm

Di...Did he just encounter himself from the future?!? O_o
The future of QD: Time traveling!!!

PsyGirl (Guest), May 17, 2011, 07 pm

Actually, I just recently read a book based on a theory some people have about that kind of thing. The theory suggests memories work sort of like a hologram, the brain as the projector holding all the information collectively, where the memories are not"stored" anywhere per se. Scientists still do not really know if memories are stored really, because of experiments involving cutting out a piece of a rat's brain and running it through a maze its been through previously. It still can find the exit, somehow, even with more than 50% of the brain gone. So, in answer to Question Duck's question, no where that we know of.

Unclever title, Aug 21, 2012, 02 pm

In terms of the actual physics of how it works or where in the brain memory exists, the questions are still up in the air.

But I can say this. Through years of self observation I've noticed something about how my own mind works with regard to memory that I think is rather remarkable when compared to file systems.

Computers and physical filing systems store files based on an index so that you know where to look something up based on that index.

Human memory also has an index, but it is unconventional. The human memory index is context based and memory is accessed through thoughts or experiences similar to it. Thinking of one thing will cause another similar memory to spring to mind unbidden.

Thus memories are arranged in piles of similarities but those piles have no labels. You can try to assign labels to them through memorization techniques this generally works better with more recent memories and academic knowledge but you'll still end up with things in piles that don't make sense with the labels. You might try to search the pile with the appropriate label for your query but the appropriate memory is a few piles away. The best way to find what you're trying to remember is to dive headfirst into these piles checking each thing in turn.

It gets more complicated because these piles are also arranged in piles and piles of piles of piles. Some things exist in multiple piles simultaneously as though that item were a hyper-dimensional pile nexus of some sort.

Your mind is constantly adding things to piles and only switches to a new pile for something you have never experienced before but that's pretty rare to happen with an adult because almost anything can be related to something else previously experienced or thought of, depending on how much you've experienced in life.

While I have no idea if the brain itself has a finite capacity for memory in general, it certainly has a limitation on individual pile size. The more gets added to a pile the less relevant the individual things in that pile become. So things fall from the pile and are forgotten. If something exists in multiple piles then it can still be remembered but only by searching one of those other piles in which it still lies. Ever recall a memory that you hadn't thought about for years but you suddenly remember because of something else like looking through an old photo album, or some of your old junk that's been in the attic forever? Yeah, it's like that.

Boy was I rambling there, but I needed to get at least the basics of that concept into text. And outside of these dang piles. Now I can read it easily!

Although it's never been too much of a problem since it's contextually linked to memory in general. ;)

Ishtar (Guest), Jul 01, 2014, 07 pm

I heard from someone diagnosed with hyperthymesia, that their memory was like a filing cabinet.

They could recall autobiographical memories of any day in their entire life.

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