TopicUnderstand Memory Loss
Neuroscientists now view learning and memory repair as a dynamic process that sculpts and re-sculpts the connections between nerve cells,, called neurons, in the brain. Every time a memory is laid down, some of these cells under go molecular changes that either strengthen or weaken their connection with other neurons. When a person forgets something, it most likely means that some the connections have been weakened or broken.
This pattern can be applied to the three basic types of memory: Long -term, primary and secondary. Long-term memory (called remote memory by scientists) involves information that is likely to be retained for a lifetime. Big events like a car crash or the birth of a child are indelibly traced into one's neural circuitry.