For archive (Updated on February 13, 2019)

Memory Types

  • Long term memory
  • Short term memory
  • Photographic memory
  • Associative memory
  • False memory


The study of memory transcends

  • medical research
  • sociology, linguistics
  • cognitive science
  • artificial intelligence

It is often done by a team of multi-disciplinary experts.


Aging contributes loss of short term memory or the decline in the ability to retain short term memory.

My younger cousin sister said, “I forgot what I wanted to say”.

One elderly could recall names of his primary school classmates, but could not recognize his youngest grand son that grew up in his hands.

Ko Tin Oo (M87) temporarily forgot his name, but uttered “I pledged my donation for the YTU library, but I have not made the donation.” The memory lapse was attributed to a fall that hurt his back.

Good Memory

Dale Carnegie wrote that Harry S. Truman won the presidency because his campaign manager could address 50,000+ voters by their first name.

I thought that I should try for 500 or 5000 names.

Mingun Tipitaka Sayadaw was recorded in the Guiness Book of World Records as the person with a phenomenal memory. Sayadaw could not only remember 8000+ pages of the Scriptures, but he could also point out the variants of some Suttas while he took the Oral examination. Sayadaw passed the Oral and Written examinations — for Vinaya, Sutta and Abhidhamma — with Distinction. Sayadaw became the Grand Custodian of the Tipitaka and was the key player in the Sixth Buddhist Council held at Kaba Aye, Rangoon, Burma from 1954 – 56 to celebrate the 2500 years of Sasana (Buddha’s Dispensation).

When I was in Middle School, Chauk Htutt Kyee Sayadaw came to our house to give a dhamma talk. After Sayadaw returned, I supposedly recounted the main points of the talk.

I have a built-in recorder and a reasonably good memory, but the use of association, chunking, mnemonics, and “learning how to learn” improved my memory considerably.

One person thought that I am dyslexic when I tried to entertain a small audience by writing [not so complicated] English words backwards and upside down. Another said, “What’s the big deal? One just have to remember 26 patterns.”

I often start a guest lecture by saying, “My brain is damaged. It’s easy to remember, but it’s hard to forget.”

I simply hope and pray that I do not have false memories.

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