Friday, September 5, 2014

Gesture Memory

When we are entering the password to login to our computer, we don't have to use any brain power to recall the password. When we are unlocking the screen lock in the Android smartphone, we don't feel it difficult to remember the pattern.

When we are writing the date on our homework or notes, the first few days or weeks after we leaping into a new year, from 2013 to 2014, we tend to forget writing "2014" but "2013".

What actually making these happen? We remember the password without effort, but forget to change the "year". Probably, we can call this a Gesture Memory.

Every day, we use the same QWERTY keyboard, typing our password in and out of the day. 
Every minutes or hours, we draw the same screen unlock pattern on our smartphone.
Every time, we write the same year at the corner of the note book or homework.

When the screen shows "Login password:" with a textbox next to it, our brain automatically understand it and calling our finger to press the same button over and over again every day.

When the screen shows the 9 dots on the smartphone, our brain similarly distinguish it and send the signal to swipe our finger across to draw the same pattern over and over again.

When we comes to the blank where "Date:____" is required, we just can't stop it writing the same year over and over again, even until we leap into a new year.

But, we always feeling difficult to think what's day of the date immediately, because it is a one-day memory, which is to be refreshed every day.

Our brains just don't work fast enough

Of course, Gesture Memory, just a random name I created. Scientifically, every memory comes from brain. Brain controls everything on our body, including the heart pumping, eyes blinking, muscle and nerve reflection, both consciously or subconsciously.

Gesture Memory is just a phrase I define myself: 

Type of subconscious memory comes from the repetitive motion with same gesture, which is temporarily remembered by the brain, as long the same gesture is frequently done.

Gesture Memory is so useful for some repetitive jobs. For example, typing on the keyboard, we know where the A-Z keys are. The longer we use the keyboard, the faster our typing speed can be. To a certain memory, we can just type without looking at the keyboard. We don't have to pay any effort remembering things like that!

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