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Memory
 

cartoon character with a speech bubble with a computer out of memory messageThe long and the short of memory: How come you can remember your first day at school but not something your boyfriend said to you two minutes ago? The thing is there are lots of different types of memories.

When you remember your first day at school you are using your event memory. When you ride a bike you are using your procedural memory. When you get a question right at the local pub quiz you’re using your fact memory. Prospective memory describes remembering to do something in the future. Like taking medication or remembering to go to a concert when you booked the tickets months before.

So ‘memory’ isn’t just one thing. We have lots of different types of memory. The nature of the information and the length of time we retain it determines what type of memory it is.

Long-term memory is anything that you remember that happened more than a few minutes ago. Figuring out how much the 6 items in your shopping bag are going to costs relies on manipulating information and is referred to as using your working memory.  Working memory is closely related to what some scientists call short-term memory. Similarly, to make sense of this sentence you have to temporarily hold some information in your head while you read from the start to the end.

If you are one of the 40-60% of people with MS who report memory deficits then you may find that you have particular difficulty with short-term memory.

You may find it frustrating that you can remember a poem that you learned at school when you were 10 but can’t remember a conversation from 5 minutes ago or why you just walked into a room.

You are not alone in experiencing these memory lapses. They happen to everyone, but they can happen more frequently to people with MS.

You may also experience problems with your prospective memory. This means that you may  find it difficult to remember to carry out planned activities, which is important if you need to take medication at a certain time.

Next time you feel that you have a memory lapse try to identify which type of memory it is. It might help you to decide which of these strategies will help you most.

Understanding the steps of the memory process might also be helpful in determining where your memory is letting you down.  Do you need to work a little harder at attending to the information, encoding it or consolidating it?


Watch this 2-minute film to learn how memory works.

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