Your brain’s memory system includes iconic memory and echoic memory. Iconic memory helps you remember what you see throughout the day, like the graphs in your school lessons or the yellow sweater your friend wore yesterday. Echoic memory helps you remember things you hear throughout the day, such as the lyrics to your favorite song or the reminder from your parents about an upcoming trip.
Time also plays a role in our memories. Long-term memory allows us to remember something for the rest of our lives, while short-term memory allows us to retain information for only a brief period. For information to stay with us long-term, there are a number of memory techniques we can use, including reading out loud, using mnemonic devices, and getting adequate sleep.
Knowing this information about memory, how do you think it plays a role in your daily life? How might you use this information to help you learn and remember?