by Jim Nintzel
How do we pull up all that data in our head? Alfred W. Kaszniak of the UA Psych Departmentl, explains it all as the UA College of Science continues its Tuesday night lecture series with Metamemory: How Does the Brain Predict Itself? Details here.
Our brains recreate past experience, monitor recall efforts, and predict our chances of remembering things in the future. The knowledge we each possess about our own memory, and strategies to aid memory, form what is called metamemory. Studies of persons with impaired metamemory due to neurological illness, along with brain imaging studies of healthy adults making judgments about memory, indicate that the brain systems active in retrieving information are distinct from those that self-monitor memory. Metamemory research is helping build an understanding of a wide range of experiences from tip-of-the-tongue forgetfulness to the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.