7 Sins of Memory - Which Are You MOST Guilty Of?

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The Seven Sins of Memory - Which Are You Guilty Of?

  1. Absent-mindedness - The mind is too distracted to encode information.

    24 vote(s)
    57.1%
  2. Transience - Memories are fleeting, for they decay over time.

    11 vote(s)
    26.2%
  3. Blocking - Inability to access previously stored information. The 'tip of the tongue' phenomenon.

    17 vote(s)
    40.5%
  4. Misattribution - Confusing the source of information.

    9 vote(s)
    21.4%
  5. Suggestibility - The manifestation of misinformation.

    7 vote(s)
    16.7%
  6. Bias - A present state, emotional or intellectual, having an altering effect on a past memory.

    10 vote(s)
    23.8%
  7. Persistence - Unwanted memories remain.

    17 vote(s)
    40.5%
  1. Cleverboy macrumors 65816

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    #1
    I was listening to a radio program today and they were discussing memory, and the speaker, Daniel Schacter, mentioned a book he'd written called "The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers". He proceeded to mention something he calls the 7 Sins of Memory, and I thought they were fascinating. Apparently, someone thought it was more than important enough to be wikiable... :)

    The Seven Sins of Memory
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Sins_of_Memory

    Much of this begins to come into play with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. It's truly scary when you run into issues of misattribution (your own error) and you find yourself wondering how it could have happened.

    ~ CB
     
  2. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

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    I am often the victim of misattribution. I will often tell my wife things that I "heard" and she will remind me that she was the one that told me that in the first place. :eek:
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    The only 2 I don't suffer from are Misattribution and Suggestibility. At least I think that's what Jesus told me.
     
  4. zioxide macrumors 603

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  5. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

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    are you sure you're not forgetting one or two?
     
  6. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Don't know which category forgetting names would be under, but I annihilate names. :eek:
     
  7. zioxide macrumors 603

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    no, i have a really good memory :p
     
  8. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I found that there are two kinds of people: those who are good with names, and those who aren't. It seems that there's no logical pattern to it either, because my sister is horrible with names (she can forget within five minutes) while I'm great with them:confused:

    I guess you should invest in some flash cards:p;):D

    I chose the Sin of Persistence. I have a hard time letting go.:eek:
     
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    <-- bad with names.
    <-- great with faces.


    Go figure.
     
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  11. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Thanks, CamBoy. Will do. :) :p
     
  12. mahashel macrumors 6502

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    I couldn't in good faith leave any of those boxes unchecked.
    What can I say? I'm well on my way to joining Ozzy in the speech pathologist's office, where we'll argue about who told us whatever it was that we had for breakfast. :D
     
  13. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    wouldnt that mean you have memories you would rather forget. I know I have a few memories of things I would much rather want to well not remember.
     
  14. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Did you say something?

    That's only if my wife is talking and I'm on MR. :D

    I voted Blocking. Although it would really be closer to a tie between that and Absent-Mindedness.

    I'm a space cadet at times. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    Transience and blocking for me. If I'm lucky enough to remember that I know something I usually can't remember what it is.
     
  16. Principessa macrumors member

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    Persistence... I recall everything. A blessing and a curse.
     
  17. Cleverboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    "Absent-mindedness" and "misattribution" haunt me like Marley's Ghost. Whether its typing a sentence and thinking I type "you" when I meant to type "your" or swaring up and down about the source of some information, only to be presented with proof of my idiocy in black and white. T'aint pretty. T'aint pretty t'all. I need to do more crossword puzzles.

    Otherwise, I have a pretty solid memory. When you have bad memories you'd rather forget, that's when it sucks to have it be so vibrant. Crap... I guess that would be "peristance" wouldn't it? Ug.

    ~ CB
     
  18. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I feel I'm in the same boat - none of them ring a bell at least and make me want to check them.

    @Cleverboy - Interesting find. Thanks for posting.
    Could you make a "None" or a "Nothing rings a bell" or a "I have no memory problems - I'm perfect. I just want to see everyone else's memory problems" ;)option? Thanks.
     
  19. Cleverboy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Mm... yes, there appears to be quite a few of you fascinatingly flawless people cropping up in this thread. Interesting... ;) Worth noting... some of these "sins" require independant confirmation, so you may be your own worst witness. :D

    ~ CB
     

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