Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Touching memories

The nature of our memory for touch is apparently quite different from that of movement. The summary of the study linked above notes that, "A new touch does not erase the memory of a previous touch from working memory. Rather, new and old tactile memories can persist independently of each other, once a person's attention has registered the touches. (emphasis, mine) " The same is not the case with many forms of  movement, however,  which can be "replaced" by new movement patterns. What that means is that haptic anchoring, being a nexus of both movement and touch should be much more accessible to memory than movement (kinesthetic anchoring) by itself--and conscious attention to touch "events" (or TAGs) as we refer to them, should substantially enhance  learning the sound system.

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