Human Memory Phase2 – Memory Of Ideas

Memory Of Ideas

The second Phase of human memory is memory of ideas, which includes the human memory of facts, lines of reasoning, thoughts, events, etc., and is considered as higher in the scale than the memory of sense impressions, although not more necessary nor useful to the average person.

This type of human memory of course accompanies the higher lines of intellectual effort and activities, and comprises a large part of what is known as true education, that is education which teaches one to think instead of to merely memorize certain things taught in books or lectures.

The mentally well-rounded man is who has developed his memory on all sides, rather than the one who has developed but one special phase of the faculty.

It is true that a man’s interest and occupation certainly tend to develop his memory according to his daily needs and necessities, but in order not to grow one-sided, he should give some exercise to the other parts of his memory field.


As Halleck has said that many persons think that human memory is mainly due to sight; but there are many different kinds of human memory as we have senses. To sight, the watermelon is a long greenish body, which is the least important quality of watermelon.

An Example

We will have the poorest idea of watermelon with the sight alone. We move toward the vine where the fruit is growing, and in order to decide whether it is ripe, we tap the rind and judge by the sound.

We must remember that a ripe watermelon has a certain resonance. We learn that it has certain touch characteristics by passing our hands over the melon. We cut it open and learn the qualities of taste and smell.

All this knowledge afforded by the different senses must enter into a perfected human memory image. Hence we see that many complicated procedures go to form an idea of a thing.

Napoleon was not content with only hearing a name. He wrote it down, and having satisfied his eye memory as well as his ear memory, he threw the paper away. As a rule person’s strong phases of human memory need but little attention, even though in these a little scientific knowledge will be of use.

But in the human memory phases in which a person’s memory is poor, i.e. weaker phases, should exert a new energy and activity, to the end that these weaker regions of the memory may be cultivated and fertilized, and well stored with the seed impressions, which will bear a good crop in time.

Every phase, field, or class of human memory is capable of being highly developed by intelligent application. It requires practice, exercise and work, but the reward is great. Many a man is handicapped by being lacking in certain phases of human memory, while capable in others.



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