to Alison Preston, a helper at University of Texas, upgrading short term memory
to long term memory need the help of time in which one event in one person’s
life will need to have an unforgettable factor for it to become permanent in
one person’s memory storage. As the memories combine in the memory storage it
will undergo to sudden changes, the longer memories are, the more it becomes
blurry. But if that one event will be continued and has other connections to
newer memories, there is a possibility that these memories will stay longer and
still become intact inside the memory storage.
Memories have different values worthy
to be remembered for a specific amount of time. There are memories that is
needed to store longer in our brain like
the date of your birthday but the events like remembering what’s yesterday’s
menu won’t last in our memory for the next years and decades.
The process of transferring short
term to long term memory depends on the hippocampus. The movements of neurons are
responsible for filtering the memories being pushed inside the memory storage. If
the neuron can communicate with another neuron, then there is a possible way
for the memory to have the unforgettable factor and become long term from being
in the short term area. As time passes, the systems supporting the cells will
become brittle. A person may remember a particular memory but not as clear as
When there is a formed memory,
hippocampus will be the one to spread the information to the other memories.
Damage to the hippocampus can affect cells that support memory storage. It
happens naturally when a person becomes old. They can suffer from having a
little dementia and can sometime lead to the illness called Alzheimer, where
you will slowly forget all the events that happened into your life one by one.
There are many ways to prevent this kind of situations. One important way is to
have a good amount of sleep, water and exercise. Drinking supplements like
vitamins to strengthen memory can also help.