MadSci Network: Neuroscience

Re: is it possible to remember two things simultaneously

Date: Sat Jan 4 11:23:44 2003
Posted By: Jose Roberto Lizama, M.D., Psychiatry, Instituto Salvadoreno del Seguro Social
Area of science: Neuroscience
ID: 1038868933.Ns

The human brain is similar to a gigantic computer network.  It's composed 
of other networks as well as many individual clients.  The best part 
about it is that each of the many networks or clients, have the 
feeling of being the single most important or exclusive process.  Whether 
they are running interactive software or batch jobs on their computer's 
desktop or background.

Memory is one of those functions with these characteristics.  Just now, I 
am typing this answer.  I am coordinating my thoughts, while I remember 
where the keys are located on the keyboard, and simultaneously; I sip a 
delicious, natural cold, drink.  In this simple example, I am remembering 
three things at a time.

Now, if you want to get more complex, consider I have had a normal break 
fast, which is being digested.  I'm also seated and maintaining my 
posture.  I am listening to a Christmas Carol, and enjoying it.  You 
could say these processes run on my mind's background.  I have just waved 
my hand to salute my elderly neighbor.  By the way I remembered her name 
and recognized her car.

Surely we can remember more than one thing simultaneously.

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