Sangeetha Pulapaka


Here are 12 interesting facts about the human memory—if you can remember them!

  1. Scientific research has shown that the human brain starts remembering things from the womb—memory begins to work 20 weeks after conception.
  2. Memory has two components—short term and long term. Most short-term memories only last 20 to 30 seconds.
  3. Memory is influenced by a variety of factors. Memory based on what you saw vs what you hear is called visual and auditory memory.
  4. The storage capacity of the human brain is virtually limitless.
  5. Caffeine doesn’t maintain memory performances, it only increases alertness.
  6. It is believed that an adult can remember twenty to one hundred thousand words.
  7. Sleep is important to memory. Although scientists don’t know exactly how it affects the brain, it has been shown that sleep aids storage and retrieval of long-term memories.
  8. Many people associate memory loss with aging. However, the memory loss we see the older we get is generally because we tend to exercise our brains less as we age.
  9. Your memory can associate a scent with a certain event or occurrence. A smell can trigger the memory in your mind associated with it. The hippocampus is the part of the brain largely responsible for the formation of new memories and directly interacts with our sense of smell.
  10. There is such a thing as “false memory”. Researchers are beginning to understand that the human mind can create, exaggerate, distort, or re-invent a memory after a traumatic experience or something that impacted them greatly.
  11. The mind must be exercised just like any other muscle in the body. The harder you think about a memory, the more likely you are to remember it accurately. Thinking will create a stronger link between active neurons.
  12. We are more likely to remember the information that is provided if it is in a weird, difficult-to-read font.

On a different note, would you like to attempt a quiz which tests your memory? Let me know if you want to. Bye!