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Why Are People Forgetful?

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Nicholas Giannone

on 15 June 2015

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Why are people Forgetful?
The topic that I have been researching on since September 2014 is "Why are People Forgetful? I wanted to research this topic because I have a great passion for it. I almost always forget one thing or another during everyday life activities and routines that I always have to complete by the end of the day. Also I wanted to know why my Grandmother was forgetting who I was when she used to remember me when I visited her with my family.
Alzheimer's disease is a slow and fatal disease where no one is immune. It starts when two abnormal fragments called plaques and tangles start in the brain and kill brain cells. The plaques and tangles start in the hippocampus area of the brain. The hippocampus is where first memories start. Over many years of time the plaques and tangles destroy the hippocampus and becomes harder and harder to form new memories. After that the plaques and tangles spread to different regions of the brain killing brain cells. When it is spreading around more this starts the different stages of Alzheimer's. Next, it travels to the region of the brain where language is and when it destroys that, it gets harder and harder to find the right word to be able to speak. Next, the disease creeps towards where logical facts take place. Very gradually, it gets harder to solve problems or make plans. Next the plaques and tangles go to the area of the brain responsible for your emotions. When this happens, the person starts to lose control over moods. After that it travels to the part of the brain responsible for hearing and seeing. In this stage, Alzheimer's can spark hallucinations where you see things that are not real. Eventually the plaques and tangles will erase all the person's memory and bodily functions.
What are some tips on remembering things better in your Daily Life?
Do you feel like you're smart enough to do well in school but find that when it comes to test time, you just can't remember all the things you studied? Some other things you may forget during your daily life like me is, "Did I lock the door?" "Mom, Where did I put my iPod?" "I forgot to bring my book home from School!"
Some tips in remembering and studying better:

Step 1
: Priming your brain > Getting enough sleep; eating healthy meals; drinking lots of water and wearing comfortable clothing:
- When you get at least eight hours of sleep you will learn and remember better.
-Eating a healthy balanced diet and drinking plenty of water will help you focus and absorb information.
-When you are studying wear comfy clothing to help you gain all your focus on the work you are doing.

Step 2
: Choose a learning style that works best for you >
Visual; Auditory and Physical.
- Do you remember in class what the Powerpoint slides looked like better than the actual words your teacher said? This would be a visual learner and auditory if you remembered the actual words your teacher said
-Physical or kinesthetic learner is when you learn best with your hands.

Lack of sleep: Not getting enough sleep can lead to anxiety, which leads to memory problems.

Depression: Common signs of depression include feeling sad most of the time, lack of drive and lessening of pleasure in things you ordinarily enjoy. Forgetfulness can be a sign of depression.

Alcohol: Drinking too much can interfere with short term memory, even after the alcohol affects have worn off.

Stress and anxiety: Anything that makes it harder to concentrate and lack in new information and skills lead to memory problems. Both can interfere with attention and block formation of new memories or the retrieval of old ones.

Under active thyroid: A thyroid that doesn't function properly can affect memory as well as disturbed sleep.

Medications: Some medications can affect memory because they cause sedation or confusion such as tranquilizers, antidepressants and some blood pressure drugs. It makes it difficult to pay attention.

Note: Talk to your doctor about getting more sleep, switching a medication, or a stress reduction program that could get your memory back on track.

What are reasons to forgetfulness?
Step 3
:Engaged with school> Find things you can enjoy; Actively Listen; Take notes; Do your own research and get some context.
-For the boring stuff you have to learn in school you can remember better by finding a reason why the information will be useful to you later in life and making the information into a story. For example, If you’re studying science, think of a way that the science could be used to make your superhero origin story, like how we did for the parts of a cell.
-Really work to listen and take notes when you’re in class and keep yourself engaged with the conversation of learning by asking questions and really getting involved with the lessons. Taking ownership of your education and looking for more information outside of what your teacher talks about will help you remember better and succeed in life.

Step 4
: Using Memory Tricks and Tools > Use a mind map; Create your own mnemonics; Study in groups; Focus on one task at a time; Make connections; Start studying as soon as possible (don't wait till the last minute)
-A mind map is a great way to help yourself remember information better.
- Mnemonics are songs, phrases, or words to shorten information. For example in music the term "Every Good Boy Deserve Fudge" (EGBDF) This saying helps you remember the lines on the staff.
-When you’re studying, try to make connections between the material you’re trying to learn and the material you already know. By making connections you’ll not only understand the material better.

While I was doing my Genius Hour project “Why are People Forgetful?”, I had researched different resources and learned so much about my topic from start to finish. Everybody forgets something however it’s important that we have strategies in place that will help us remember things in our daily life. I learned that my Grandmother had Alzheimer's Disease which made her forget everything. In conclusion, our memories are what define us and how we perceive the world. Without the memories of past experiences, we wouldn’t be able to progress successfully in our life’s endeavors. If we had no memories, you couldn't look back on your life.
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