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Featured Aspergers and memorization

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Ihaveaspergers, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. Au Naturel

    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    Horrible at rote memorization. But I can remember details from movies I saw 50 years ago.
     
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  2. SDRSpark

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    This is why I think I wouldn't be wise to try to improve my memory...I have enough stuff that I wish I could forget.
     
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  3. SusanLR

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    Bad short term, good long term.
    I can remember in detail things back to infancy, but, forget something I read last night.
    I do the copy and paste thing writing online.

    Interest plays a part.
    I've always been interested in medicine/medical arts.
    I can speed read through an article on that or a PDF journal in no time and remember.

    Tell me the parts of a car under the hood and I'll ask the same question the next day.
    Not interesting to me.

    Names of plants, insects, animals, no problem.
    An address or price. Anything involving number memorization, no way.

    Age plays a part also. I've noticed that starting at least 5 or 6 years ago now.
    It gradually happens.

    The worst thing I can remember not being able to memorize and didn't have any interest in
    was that " ...four score and seven years ago..." THING!
    Yeah, I know, The Gettysburg Address. But, oh did I find it boring in grade school. :p
     
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  4. Ihaveaspergers

    Ihaveaspergers Active Member

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    yeah rote memorization sucks! It is easier to memorize when you have an understanding of the text, music or subject. People say: repetition, repetition and repetition!
    But I say: aspies like me need to understand and find the patterns if we are to be good at memorization. Not all the aspies are great at rote memorization.
     
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  5. Pats

    Pats Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Rote memory doesn't help me. If I'm not interested in the subject, I can repeat something 100 times and it's still not going to sink in.
     
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  6. Skeletor

    Skeletor Well-Known Member

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    Something you read last night would not be in short term memory. It only stores the last two and a half minutes or so of data. If you remember it the next day it's ltm.
     
  7. Skeletor

    Skeletor Well-Known Member

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    Learning by doing is much better and more useful and retained much longer than by rote. You can't retain everything but that hardly matters. Most people can't do that anyway unless they have a true idetic (photographic) memory.
     
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    Skeletor Well-Known Member

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    Short term memory is the gateway to long term. There is a condition in which the part of a person's brain that links the two is damaged or destroied. They can access old memories but have no ability to process new data or form new memories past the last two and a half minutes. It's crippling.
     
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    Gracey Well-Known Member

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    When a lot younger, there was little I forgot.

    Nowadays, there's little I need to remember.
     
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    For me learning a bit of poetry by heart is a matter of constant repetition
     
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    my memory is garbage otherwise i wouldn't have constantly failed high school
     
  12. Soleil

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    I think my memory isn't that great, given that I have trouble remembering what I ate for dinner a few days ago (I think I cooked a pizza?). I can read a book several times and still forget the names and histories of key figures, even though I'm interested in it.

    Naturally, practice makes perfect, whether I'm memorizing dates or verb conjugations. But I'm way better at languages than I am about, say, names and shopping lists.