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Published:January 4th, 2017 13:38 EST

Understanding the Complex Puzzle of Memory

By Ron G Anselm

Memory when we are young is something we definitely take for granted. We don`t think of getting older and developing the onset of Alzheimer`s disease that robs so many older people of their memory and life. When I was younger I experienced my best friends Mom who was like a second Mother to me go through the progression of Alzheimer`s disease. Those long conversations we used to have for hours talking about anything, the laughing and joking around and the memories of the good times slowly faded over time as the progression of Alzheimer`s disease slowly took over her mind.

When we get older it`s a good idea to keep your memory and mind sharp to think about doing brain training games and complex thinking puzzles which in essence is the same as working out your body this is just working out your brain.

The brain is a complex mystery to scientists. When I was in college, I remember in my psychology class studying not only human behavior and the complex understanding of that but psychologists and scientists also try to study the characteristics of the brain. The chapter on the brain was a half paragraph long. Humans trying to study their own mind are the same as a revolving conversation. The conversation starts out interesting but circles back to what is being talked about at the beginning of it. The same is trying to study the brain, not much is known about it and the data known about it is limited so the information circles back to the start of trying to study it.

Even with the attempt for scientists to develop computer models to try to map the related functions of the brain have been less than successful. Even professional computer software designers have not been able to highlight the complexity in software of the study of the brain. It has turned out to be a very complex challenge but scientists continue to think out of the box to try to solve this complex problem that has turned out to be as hard for scientists as a first grader trying to compute and solve the very complex mathematical problems in college mathematics and business statistics.

But the challenge continues.....

Scientists have recently began to study and probe the brains memory on more of a scientific level by using optogenetics in animals to try to relate the neutral circuits in their brain to the neutral circuits in memory in humans.

The main goal of scientists is to try to gain more understanding of the human neuronal progress of how our memory is formed, stored and retrieved. In psychology we learned that our mind has short-term and long-term memory. The short-term is an example of something you want to remember like getting a cute girls phone number (normally you don`t have to remember because as you hit on her if she wants anything to do with you she`ll ask you for a pen and write her number on your hand, not that that`s ever happened to me....hummmmmmm) but if she didn`t you would want to make a quick note in your mind to remember her number at that spur of the moment, or maybe a quick visualization of something that excites your short-term senses like a beautiful scenery you make a quick mental note of seeing or may be your multi-tasking at work looking at data and you make short-term mental notes of the information you need at that moment to get the job done and so on.

If science can finally solve the complex puzzle of the human brain and the massive and mysterious ways it function then the possibility one day the cure for Alzheimer`s disease could be solved along with the effects on the brain of traumatic brain injuries, and other debilitating brain diseases that rob so many people in their older years of their memory and even life.


Underwood, E. 2016, Memory, Retrieved December 2016.