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Postby kabuto » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:12 am

why can't we seem to remember anything in our early infancy?
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Postby Khaiy » Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:43 pm

The brain doesn't encode long term memories until a certain point, so until that point you won't have any memories at all. I think this has something to do with the brain's development, but I'm not 100% sure.
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:08 pm

Yes it has to do with the brain's development. And new neurons being born.
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Postby kiekyon » Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:22 am

could it be babies have not mastered language yet,
so there is no way the brain can store memory?
pls correct me if i am wrong
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Postby damien james » Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:35 am

What is longest people here can remember? I remember my third b-day party when I got incredible hulk punching bag. That is far as my memory go.
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Postby nugget » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:09 am

i would say we dont rememebr much from early infancy probably because we dont know what it is we are looking at. but in a way we do rememebr how we feel when we are looking at things. for example we do know that when our mother or father is near we feel protected and so although we dont really know what the things we see are called or what they are, its hard for babies to learn things they dont have the capacity to comprehend.

evidence to our memory includes things like sleeping in the foetal position when we are sad or needing our mother when we are still not totally dependant of our parents. These are all things we remember to making us feel a certain way. It is connecting images and feelings to "emotions" attatched to them rather than what they were like "facts". this is my guess because as a baby you only learn in terms of development of certain motor skills and the way things in your immediate envoronment make you feel, as nothing else makes sense and can be comprehended.
you associate a pain inyour stomach as hunger, then this person you feel attatched to comes and fills that void. lol i wouldnt forget a thing like that

my earliest memory is from a young age around 2.
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Postby VeenaandNivyah » Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:47 am

damien james wrote:What is longest people here can remember? I remember my third b-day party when I got incredible hulk punching bag. That is far as my memory go.

I remember my second b'day... I totally refused to look at anybody or celebrate my b'day.... :lol:
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Postby February Beetle » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:14 pm

well I remember my FIRST birthday HAHA (Just kidding!)

kiekyon wrote:could it be babies have not mastered language yet,
so there is no way the brain can store memory?
pls correct me if i am wrong

I don't think language has much to do with it. There are ferral children who don't learn language until very later in life, like adulthood. (if ever some children I think have a hard time being taught it.) Language may help you learn, but I don't think is had much too do with memory. If anything I think it might help the memeory a little.

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Postby LilKim » Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:58 am

I remember falling down a concrete staircase when I was 2? (ouch)

I actually think it isn't uncommon for certain people to remember traumatic events. I have an adopted cousin whe was removed from her mothers when she was less than a year old .... it happened during a "drug-bust" . And, as a 4 or 5 yr old little girl (she's 18 now) she could tell you bits-and-pieces of what happend that day.
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Postby ChangMinator » Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:08 pm

I had a memory from a traumatic event.

When i was 11 months, i rolled down a concrete staircase and ended up having to go to the emergency room for checkup or watever.

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Postby Jondice » Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:12 am

One of my first memories is of flushing my mom's jewelry down the toilet ... lol. This was around age 2.

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