What type of memory do you have?

Last update on Feb, 19, 2024

Memory is a skill that makes human knowledge possible through learning, processing, reasoning, intuition and consciousness. It is an individual's ability to retain past information and use it to succeed in present and future life situations.

What is auditory memory?

Distinguishing the voices of your loved ones or recognising your favorite song from the first notes is a fundamental function of our listening ability known as auditory memory. This skills pays attention to sounds or verbal sitmuli, processes the information received, and recalls it when necessary.

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Different people learn in different ways, based on how they process and understand information from their senses.

In fact, some are visual learners, who like images, others are auditory learners, who prefer sounds, and some are kinesthetic learners, who enjoy manual dexterity and store concepts as physical sensations. Taking the Visual Auditory Kinesthetic (VAK) test can help you figure out which learning style suits you best through a series of questions.

Improve your auditory memory with games and exercises

In auditory memory, sounds are more important than visual or sensory experiences. People with this auditory type usually learn best through explanations and descriptions. To improve your auditory memory, a good technique is to read and repeat, ask yourself questions and answer them out loud.

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What are the different types of memory?

There are 3 different types of memory:

  • Sensory memory, which retains acquired traces for only a few seconds. It is divided into visual sensory memory and auditory sensory memory, depending on the perception involved.
  • Short-term memory, which collects a few units of information for a short time (about 30 seconds) and serves as a link between sensory memory and long-term memory.
  • Long-term memory, which has an almost unlimited storage capacity. It can be distinguished into explicit, which is the set of information that a subject consciously describes, and implicit, which relates to motor and cognitive activities.

Auditory memory

Individuals with auditory memory excel at recalling sounds, sequences of sounds, melodies and tones very well. For those with this type of memory, it is much easier to remember a person's voice than their physical appearance.

Sensory memory

Individuals with sensory memory capture information from the external environment through sensory organs and process it for learning purposes. This mechanism helps the brain create a sense of continuity between different perceptions and maintain a certain stability of our experience of the world. This memory system consists of 2 main parts: iconic for visual memory, and echoic for auditory memory.

Visual memory

Individuals with visual memory consistently take notes and organise the topics into multiple concept maps, underlined with different colours for emphasis. With this memory system, individuals are able to retain and vividly recall concepts and images from the past.

Kinesthetic learners

Individuals with kinesthetic memory learn through physical movements or by simply being active. Not surprisingly, the word kinesthetic comes from the Greek word ' kinesis', which means movement. Often reffered to as ' learning by doing', it involves associating a gesture with a new word or listening to an audio track while engaging in other activities.
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