Memories are a funny thing. They can be triggered by the least amount of stimuli. A smell, a noise, or even a colour can bring something back to your mind that has been long forgotten. In the regular course of a day we see, hear, taste, and experience countless sensations that our brainâ€™s processes.
Some are trivial, others important. But all of them are stored away in our memory to help form the picture of what happened to us that day. We may not remember specific details, even immediately after their occurrence, but somewhere down the line any one of them could be the trigger that enables us to recall an event.
Although we may censor feelings and sensations during the moment of experiencing on a conscious level, our brains take in everything. Thereâ€™s no way we could cope with the amount of information inputted otherwise. Take a moment and think about the information that you are recording right now.
Aside from reading this article what else are you experiencing? There is the chair your sitting in and how it feels, the sound of your computerâ€™s fan, the taste of your coffee or what ever your drinking, eating, or smoking at the time. This is all aside from any mood that you may have brought to the computer with you when your sat down to read. If your focus is on what your reading then that will be what you remember of this situation.
But what if your partner came into the room and you have a fight? Or your child hurts themselves and you have to tend to them? Either one of those events will quickly supersede reading and retaining the information in this article. As incidents become more personal, ones with greater emotional investment, they become more important to hold on to, and or make a stronger impression on our awareness.
Therefore if you were to look back on the events of sitting reading this article, youâ€™ll remember being at the computer, maybe that you were reading something, probably not the content, wonâ€™t remember how the chair felt on your butt, or what the computerâ€™s fan sounded like. Even though all that information was available you will think of it as the time you and your partner had a fight, or your child skinned her knee.