Episodic memory is the memory of the time, place and emotional state of events that you experienced. The formation of episodic memories is closely tied to the hippocampus. Without the hippocampus, you would not be able to remember events that you experienced, although you might still be able to use procedural memory to learn new tasks.
It is believed that the hippocampus stores episodic memories for a short time, after which they are consolidated into the cortex. Many researchers believe that episodic memories are transformed into semantic memories over time. This would explain why old memories are often recalled as a kind of pre-written story instead of as a memory of the actual event.
We mentioned yesterday that it is very easy to become attached to your first idea and have trouble moving on to find alternative ideas or solutions to problems. One way to move past your first idea is to "break it." Break your idea by fabricating in your mind an obstacle that will prevent this idea from working. Now, try to find other ideas that work around the obstacle.
Let's say that you have an unwanted pile of dirt in your yard. Your first idea might be to haul it to the dump and be done with it. To break this solution, pretend that the dump is closed. How will you deal with the dirt now? Perhaps you can ask your neighbors if they want some free dirt. Maybe you could buy some containers and plant something. Maybe you could start a business baking and selling mud-pies!
Use your imagination to come up with as many solutions as you can and then pick your favorite (which may still be your first idea, but at least you gave the other ideas a fighting chance!).
Take the list of words below and arrange them into 3 sentences that all have something in common. Each word is only used once each time they appear in the list. ('A' can be used 4 times as it's in the list 4 times.) Punctuation is not an issue in this teaser.
A, A, A, A, ANIMALS, BAR, BAT, DAN, DROOP, I, I, IN, IN, IS, IT, NET, OR, POOR, SAW, SLAM, TEN, WAS
What are the sentences and what do they have in common?