“An Elephant Never Forgets”

Have you ever heard that “an elephant never forgets”? Chances are you have, and this information is partially true. Animal’s brains are measured in EQ’s (encephalization quotient) which is what scientists believe their brain would weigh compared to their weight, and is said to measure how smart that animal is. Our EQ, as a human, would be around 7 where an elephant’s is around 1.88 measuring them as the smartest animals where their brains measure around 10.5 pounds. An elephant is known for recognizing the smell and faces of family members, and their feeding grounds. Scientists have not actually been able to prove how smart an elephant is, but based on their actions we have concluded they actually are rather smart. Elephants are also said to be very big grievers and can even recognize the bones of a deceased family member.

Emily Upton writes a perfect exmaple of an elephant’s memory in an article, Elephants Really Do Have Exceptionally Good Memories. In her article she talks about two elephants who are put together in an elephant sanctuary and when the two saw each other they became so excited and started trumpeting around like nothing the workers at the sanctuary had ever seen before. Turned out the two elephants knew each other from when they used to perform together in a circus 23 years prior! At least it seemed as if they had knew each other. Coincidence?

Playing Games

For almost 7 years I worked in a retirement community in Orange City so I have dealt with, and seen many memory issues. While working there, I discovered the residents would take part in “brain fitness” classes which would increase brain functioning via the computer.
Brain Fitness
I thought this was a neat idea and although I never took part in the activities, I wanted to find something similar. I came across this website Lumosity, which includes many different activities to stimulate your brain. I made an account (it was free), and tried it out myself. The games on here definitely make you use your brain! If you try it out let me know how you like it, or if you know of any other sites similar. I also came across one called Mind Gamer which is free and posts different games for you every day.

Review from Mark L.
March 4, 2015 at 2:20PM
“I had heard about lumosity, and wanted to give it a try. I am 46 an addhd, and really like the training. I have been doing it for about 3 months and can tell i am getting better, and quicker response times. It is like playing games, which keeps it fun. The games may seem like they are for little kids or very simple to play, but they are made to make your brain sharper, and your thinking quicker, and helps you to stay focused, thank you lumosity and keep coming up with those fun games.”

Accidents Happen

As we get older, even during adolescence we realize how important our brain is to our everyday lives. Our memory is used during every part of our day. We don’t always sit back and truly think about how difficult our lives would be without a memory. The movie 50 First Dates is a perfect example of this. Imagine waking up every morning with no recollection of what happened the day before. Not having a memory would mean you wouldn’t even be able to properly get dressed in the morning or figure out where you are going by yourself. It’s a scary thought for me to one day lose my memory function, sometimes people do not always lose their memory as a result of getting older, but possibly an accident they are involved in that affects that part of the brain.

This movie is an example of a type of amnesia called anterograde amnesia, this type of amnesia affects your short term memory and disables the brain of creating new memories. The human-memory website further explains different types of post traumatic amnesia such as anterograde amnesia, retrograde amnesia, and psychogenic amnesia.
These types of amnesia all occur shortly after some type of traumatic brain injury and some times happen for minutes, sometimes hours, days, months, even years.
Retrograde amnesia differs from anterograde amnesia in that it is the loss of memories from shortly before the incident. With retrograde amnesia, sufferers may partially regain memories back later, but with anterograde amnesia, the person will never regain those lost memories.

Brain Food

A major concern with most of us is whether we can control our memory or if it is completely out of our control.I believe if we take care of our health it helps our entire body. It is currently being researched if certain foods can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, the website Health talks about specific foods to keep you healthy, including your brain.
These foods include:
1. Oil based salad dressings
2. Fish
3. Dark, leafy, green veggies
4. Avocado
5. Sunflower seeds
6. Peanuts/ Peanut butter
7. Red wine
8. Berries
9. Whole grains

Click on the picture for recipe!
Avocado Salad

Infant Brain Growth

What is the last memory you can recall? Chances are you can not remember anything from the first few years of your life. Annie Sneed is an author on the website Scientific American, in her article Why Can’t You Remember Being a Baby?, she talks about how it is thought that the excessive amount of neuron growth as an infant disrupts the brains ability to store old memories. The part of the brain that recalls memories is the prefrontal cortex, which at a young age is not fully developed, another possibility in why we cannot remember being babies.
babies memory
Although at such a young age long term memory is almost obsolete, short term memory is obviously working. We may not think about it much but babies notice familiar faces if often seen, they remember what their bottle is, they may even remember certain sounds and their toys. It is thought that babies short term memory starts functioning when they are still in the womb, usually around the beginning of the mothers third trimester, and that they can recognize noises such as their mothers voice when born.

Hello Curious Minds!

Welcome to my blog! I have created this blog to explain to others the importance of memory function, something we may not appreciate as much as we should. I am going in to the health field and am currently watching my Grandfather go through memory issues (Alzheimer’s runs in the family), so I felt it was necessary for me to research this topic further and educate others also. I hope everyone enjoys!