I forget your name
August 21, 2009 8:22 PM Subscribe
I forgot your name... and all other proper nouns.
posted by serazin to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My memory has taken a major turn for the worse in the last few years. Some cocktail of genetics, pregnancy (which really sapped my brain power despite my feminist ideology to the contrary) and several years of sleep deprivation associated with parenting. Or maybe its just getting older. Anyhow, I'm only in my 30s but my long-term memory as well as word recall skills are in the toilet. And recently I figured out that in the word recall department - proper nouns are significantly more difficult for me to recall than other words. I can't remember your name, place names, movie titles, city or state names.
So is there theory around memory loss that can help me understand why I would loose proper nouns before the rest of my vocabulary? And are there strategies specifically for remembering proper nouns and building memory health? I know about some of the mnemonic tricks
for remembering stuff, but I guess I'm more interested in understanding the causes and more "sciency" suggestions for improving things.