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On Lacking a Temporal Memory

I was reminded this evening, collecting my bike from the shelter, that there's an interesting side effect of having performed an action repeatedly, in slightly different ways, when I don't have much of a temporal memory, and that is that when I get to the shelter in the evening I have to look for my bike rather than remembering where I put it, because I am remembering 60 zillion instances of putting it away in various parts of the shelter and I have no idea which one is the most recent unless it was very unusual.

The same thing happens with my car, if I've parked it in a lot I've used more than, oh, three or four times.

I know my temporal memory is bad, but I'm not sure whether it's unusually bad. Let's find out!



Poll #1518091 Temporal Memory

If someone asked you, right now, "What were you doing on the night of January 4th?" would you be able to answer them?

Yes, immediately
1(2.6%)
Yes, but I'd have to think about it for a little while
5(13.2%)
Yes, but I'd have to figure out what day of the week it was and/or think of a few bracketing temporal landmarks first
12(31.6%)
Yes, because January 4th is my birthday / anniversary / concert / other special event
1(2.6%)
I could tell them what I usually do on that day of the week/month, but I probably wouldn't remember that day specifically
6(15.8%)
No, I'd have to refer to an appointment book / diary / other external record
13(34.2%)

If January 4th is special, would you be able to say what you were doing on a typical randomly-selected date in the past 3-5 weeks?

Yes, immediately
0(0.0%)
Yes, but I'd have to think about it for a little while
2(6.1%)
Yes, but I'd have to figure out what day of the week it was and/or think of a few bracketing temporal landmarks first
11(33.3%)
I could tell them what I usually do on that day of the week/month, but I probably wouldn't remember that day specifically
9(27.3%)
No, I'd have to refer to an appointment book / diary / other external record
11(33.3%)

Do you remember what you had for breakfast this morning?

Yes
23(60.5%)
Yes, because it was special today
0(0.0%)
I always have the same thing, so I know what I had
9(23.7%)
No, but I might be able to figure it out logically if I check the dishwasher / count the plums / find the receipt / otherwise refer to external evidence
6(15.8%)
No, I have no idea
0(0.0%)

Do you usually remember where you've left your vehicle in a familiar parking lot (or other community storage area)?

Yes
15(42.9%)
I always park in the same place so I know where to look
10(28.6%)
No, I have to look for it
10(28.6%)
Tags: bicycling, curiosity
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