• Memory: Have Your Say

    By Hannah Flynn -

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What Alice travels through Wonderland, the other characters often ask her to remember things, like poems that she memorised at school.

Riding your bike uses something called implicit memory. You don’t really know you’re thinking about it at all – you just do it! Memories like this are usually about how to do things.

Explicit memory is a type of obvious memory – you know that you’re trying to remember something. They’re usually about knowing what you did or learned in the past.

From the time a baby is born, it has to remember how to do a lot of new things, like crawling or walking. The baby doens’t know that it’s remembering how to crawl, it just gets up and does it!

Most people’s earliest memories for from around 3 or 4 years old. Babies can’t remember things they’ve done. Your memory for things you’ve done and facts keeps getting better until you’re a teenager.

Your short-term memory is used for things that you only need to remember for a short while, like doing mental maths.You can do a sum and not need to remember it six months later, so you forget it.

Babies can tell the difference between numbers of things quite easily, but so can chimpanzees – so it seems that it’s something we’re born with the ability to do.

So, what do you think? What was your earliest memory?


Discussion Area

  1. My first memory is when I went to the hospital to see my baby sister for the first time, I was 3 and a half.

    Anonymous - November 20, 2011

  2. I remember lying in my cot hearing noises from downstairs. That’s my first memory. I also remember being in a hotel and sleeping in my travel cot. I remember the polls in the corners.

    Eve - November 20, 2011

  3. I remember visiting the hospital to see my baby sister for the first time. I was 3 and a half.

    Anonymous - November 20, 2011

  4. Good.

    Scarlett-Lily - December 19, 2011

  5. Good and excellent. I had lots of fun!!

    Scarlett-Lily Age 6 - December 19, 2011

  6. Very interesting!!

    Larissa Age 23 - December 19, 2011

  7. o.m.g

    miss westie lover - December 21, 2011

  8. thats all i can say…….o.m.g

    miss westie lover - December 21, 2011

  9. I remember waking up in my bedroom. That was about 8/9 years ago, around after my birthday.

    Geoffrey Leonard George Collantes Adams Age 11 - December 29, 2011

  10. I can remember being carried up a cast-iron staircase. My mother told me I was 6 months old at the time. According to the neurologists that is highly unlikely.

    Jim - January 28, 2012

  11. eye dont’ even remember what happened yesterday! well at least not all of it! and oh! you forgot to introduce yourselves in the video!

    Hash Eye Hosh - January 28, 2012

  12. I think children should be able to learn langues because if you learn it at a young age then when you grow up you might be able to live in that country and speak perfectly.

    crazyimmy - January 29, 2012

  13. Very interesting, I had a lot of fun

    Jack - February 9, 2012

  14. Hi and thanks for this brilliant site !
    I think my first memory is when I slightly burnt myself touching an iron. My mom wanted me to be careful of heat, and the least I can say it that it worked ! I was 36 months of 3 years old, no more

    Christophe - February 18, 2012


    sara - March 3, 2012

  16. I remember a morning when I was four, and I just started to think and remember and there was this flash of light.

    SaveEarth - March 11, 2012

  17. My first memory is a sound. A ship ran aground in the Hudson River and it was blowing its horn to warn away other ships and boats. I remember hearing that mournful sound blowing behind our house. I wasn’t much older that three.

    CBone - June 5, 2012


    shanique aged 10 from scotland on - June 7, 2012

  19. My earliest memory was when I was in a train going somewhere, and we went inside a really long tunnel.

    Cal - September 9, 2012

  20. along with yous i am rubbish at rembering
    and so i sh………… what did i say ha forgot
    over and out

    emm - September 12, 2012

  21. It was fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kathy - September 22, 2012

  22. I remember when I lied to my mum when I was 3

    noora - December 16, 2012