|But how can I find it?|
For the computer, there are all sorts of search engines from the low end like Google to the high end like Knowledge Vault or Knowledge Graph. Each has similar features but the high end is what you want for the ultimate data searches. All you need to do is plug into the internet.
Would it be so easy for the brain to do the same thing. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. People use many different things to jog their memory. In therapy, it's repetition to maybe wake up pathways in the brain to circumnavigate the damaged areas. Forgetful people leave Post-It notes for themselves or tie a string to their finger. That's all well and good, if it works for you, but that's the problem. What if it doesn't? What do you do then?
My youngest daughter is a TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivor. Similar to me with my stroke, we have no short term memory but have to store all things that we want to remember in long term storage. We also are aphasic which means we have issues with recalling data. Things like words get lost in the shuffle. We can substitute words (although they are not always right) and describe what word we are looking for in detail and let someone else tell us the word (guess, like the game 20 questions), or recall it later and often much later. You can imagine how frustrating this can be.
For me, it is multiple things which help me recall or search for data.
- Create new habits
- Post-It or note pads
- Verbal or visual cues
I repeatedly put these keys in the same spot every time I used them (repetition and creating a habit). This in turn stored the data into my long term memory. My keys are always put in the second little pocket of my purse. I pull them out of there to use them and put them back in there when I finish using them. This way I always know where they are. Now if someone else borrows them, like my grandson ;) and puts them where I'm not familiar with, he might get a phone call from his grandmother asking him what he did with her keys.
For things around the house, I use Post-It notes. When I first came home from the hospital, three of my daughters and myself went through and reorganized my kitchen for easier access. Everything that was nonessential was placed in the bottom cabinets. When you can't squat down and get back up easily, it made sense. The same thing was done to the upper cabinets. Everything nonessential went on the upper shelf.
Now, switching around things in your kitchen that has been in place for decades is not a
So what's your search engine in your brain?
Nothing is impossible with determination.