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?