Memory Failure Essay

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Megan Mahoney-Deist PSY 383 Everyday Memory Failures The three most common types of memory failure I experienced in my journal entries were prospective memory loss, episodic memory loss, and tip of the tongue memory loss. The most prominent sort of memory loss was that of prospective. According to the article on the Association for Psychological Science website “Failures of prospective memory typically occur when we form an intention to do something later, become engaged with various tasks, and lose focus on the thing we originally intended to do”, (Dismukes, 2012). Most of my memory failures were things I wanted to get done, but would get side tracked and ultimately I’d forget to do what I had first intended to do. My mind is constantly…show more content…
On Wednesday afternoon around 12:30pm I found a few important school papers that needed to be returned with my youngest son. I had stuck the papers on the shelf in the dining room so they wouldn’t be on the table when we ate dinner the night before. Since they were no longer front and center in my vision I forgot to put them back into my son’s book bag the night before. I didn’t move them back to the table but was sure I’d remember to send them to school the next day. Except I didn’t remember and at 8am on Thursday morning after my husband had left with the kids, I saw the papers again as I walked through the dining room. I think I kept forgetting to about the papers because I had put them over to the side, out of sight, out of mind. I also had a lot on my mind that week. I was busy with classwork, planning a trip to Texas, tying up loose ends at my small business I run, and planning a birthday party for my daughter and the Halloween party for my one son’s class the following week. My mind was constantly on overload. Dr. McPhersons (2014) explains that when a person is overly busy and has lots of things going on inside their mind, then one can expect memory to fail at times. I liked Dr. McPherson’s advice that we shouldn’t go by what we think we can handle and remember, but what we can manage to handle and remember. Sometimes I just have too much going on inside my head to manage exactly…show more content…
I could always use the whiteboard hanging in the kitchen to make a list of important to do’s. I could also use post it notes and leave myself reminders of things that need to be done. I use to do this all the time, but have since stopped. It may be time to start this habit up again so I can start to be more organized and cut down on the things I forget to do in a day or forget to do over a few days. Dismukes (2012) suggests a checklist as a plan to defend potential memory failure, he states “having this kind of concrete plan has been shown to improve performance by as much as two to four times in tasks…”. A solution for the tip of the tongue isn’t as easy. More sleep would be great in reducing all memory failures, but that’s not as easy as it sounds. My current school schedule has me up late working on assignments after the kids go to sleep and my job has me up early 3-5 days a week. In an article on, author Joseph Nordgvist states “Poor quality sleep in adults causes memories to stay stuck in the hippocampus and not reach the prefrontal cortex. This results in forgetfulness and difficulty remembering names”
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