Just out of interest…
Posted by BJC on September 16, 2019, 10:11 am
Hello folks, |
Further down the board - in the Schools & Teachers' thread, our good friend, Peter Caine’s said, ‘It is odd how we can remember some names and not others’.
I agree, it is odd how we can remember some names and not others, and I’m fascinated by how our memory works… or, alas, doesn’t, in some cases.
I find with remembering names, that it often depends on the prominent sounding letter…
E.g. I was trying to recall a surname and I knew that in my mind it started with the letter ‘Z’. I was going around and around, searching through the letter ‘Z’, but could not recall the surname. The reason I could not find the surname was because it was ‘Azzy’… with an ‘A’… not under ‘Z’ at all! My granddaughter told me the correct surname.
Obviously, the prominent letter ‘Z’ distracted my mind away from where I should have been looking.
Another odd, but common thing about memory:
My wife was doing a crossword puzzle:
Wife: “Barry, do you know another word for XXXXXXXXX.”
Barry: “I think it’s about 9 letters long and starts with ‘P’ ”.
Wife: “Yes, it’s 9 letters long, but what is it?”
Barry: “I don’t know… I just know it starts with ‘P’ ”.
Wife (With a puzzled look): “How do you know it's 9 letters long and starts with ‘P’ if you don’t know what it is?”
Barry: “I don’t know! ”
If anyone can explain this odd, yet common phenomenon, they deserve a Noble Prize!