To be honest, I didn't need a scientist to tell me this. From experience I know that when put on the spot, I am much more likely to forget something when put on the spot. This especially happens to me when I'm trying to think of a good come-back. Often it is impossible for me think of one on the spot, yet when I am in bed later that night it comes with ease. This article simply states in scientific terms what I have always known. This 'tip-of-the-tongue' phenomenon seems to make perfect sense to me. Regard short term memory, just like the article states, I seem to be only able to keep a few things in my short term memory at one time. And in fact I am able to do things much better when not multi-tasking but only focusing on one thing at a time. A perfect example is the previous sentence; while I wrote it I was watching 60 minutes, and thus it sounded awekward. This is also why I've been told that when I am studying I should also be studying, not watching TV or listening to music. This article makes perfect sense, just confirming scientifically what most of us already knew.
Personally I find that even though I can remember the instrumental part to a song I can almost never remember more than the chorus of a song. And music really does help me remember other things to. I can not study unless I have the radio on. The thing is that it has to be classical otherwise I will get completely distracted when a song I know comes on.
The most interesting part of Natalie Angier's article was her description of the physical aspects of memory - the physical process of neurons in the brain lining up and firing together to recall information that has been stored in the long-term memory part of the brain.I agree wholeheartedly with the claim that music is a language that the "brain loves to hear". While I find it difficult to memorize complex equations or bio terms (hence bio cheat sheets!), it is very easy for me to memorize thousands of musical notes and arrange them in order. "Skids on the Memory Banana Peel": I think that a majority of people have found that mnemonic devices such as King Phillip Please Come Over For Good Sex helpful, and I agree with the article's claim that our brains remember information more easily when it is associated with something weird or extraordinary. It is hard for our brains to remember bland, cut-and-dried information, but much easier to remember the uses of ATP with a song like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyN0wx2AHfE
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