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November 12, 2008


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Sara Anderson

My understanding is that traumatic memories are recalled more clearly than most, rather than actually repressed.

I've recently discovered how often attention is confused for memory. You can't remember things you never noticed to begin with.


It's my understanding that either can happen with memories of traumatic events. You might repress a particularly traumatic memory, or it might haunt you--like you alluded to--in the form of intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and even hallucinations.

I don't think I really experienced homework as serious trauma. But it is interesting how little I remember about doing it.

I love your comment about attention and memory. I've sometimes noticed that in myself, maybe forgotten something someone just told me and felt a bit of fear about memory loss, but then realized my head had been somewhere else entirely.

Tony Bozzuto

Nothing is improved without practice. This applies to sports, art, games, cooking, writing or anything you can possibly think of including many subjects taught in school. Math and science in particular come to mind. The concepts are taught in school but the time to practice to raise most students' skill level to some minimum is insufficient. This attitude can only result in graduating students who are not only insufficiently trained but also but also not likely to improve themselves in any area that they don't have an extraordinary interest.

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