How It Works

Top 5 Facts: Memory

Autistic Skills

Individuals with autism often have skills such as fantastic mathematical ability. Some individuals such as Stephen Williams can draw entire landscapes from memory.

Sleep Helps

Sleeps is important to memory. Although scientists don’t know exactly how it affects the brain, it has been seen that sleep aids storage and retrieval of long-term memories.


Our memory doesn’t decrease very much with age. The memory loss we see in older people is generally because we tend to exercise our brains less as we age.


The more you have to try to work out a problem, the more likely you are to recall it. Initially your brain has to work harder, making stronger links between the active neurons.

False memories

People can ‘remember’ events that haven’t happened. Often if they’re led to believe something, their brain will then gather any relevant info to form a false memory.