A Book Review: Younger Brains, Sharper Brains by Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
by Maggie Dail, M.A., Learning Specialist
The Four Types of Memory
Many divide memory differently, but take a look at Braverman’s memory. From his perspective there are four with each one ruled by one of the four brain chemicals.
- Verbal (auditory) memory –
- Needed for: decoding sounds, words, sentences, and stories.
- The ability to absorb and retain auditory input.
- Found in the temporal lobes.
- GABA found here.
- Visual memory –
- The ability to absorb and retain visual input.
- Includes – faces, shapes, designs, surroundings, pictures and symbols
- Found in the occipital lobes.
- Immediate memory –
- Short term – only 30 seconds
- Visual and verbal
- Can’t remember recent, but still can remember remote past.
- Found in the parietal lobes.
- Ruled by acetylcholine.
- Working memory-
- Most important form
- Ability to absorb, retain and associate with previously learned information.
- Generally found high in intuitive and introverted people.
Long Term Memory Correlates with Working Memory
- Absorbing and retaining information leads to storing long term
- Working memory also critical for executive function
- Executive function – central organization function of brain
- Frontal lobes regulated by dopamine, handle motor control, concentration, problem-solving skills, planning, retention, — functions of working memory.
- Working memory puts past, present, and future together p. 53-54
Next time we will continue to address Memory, including Vision and Daily Living Activities.