I am very Zen, because I live in the present. I don’t think about the past, because I cannot remember it. My short-term memory allows me to remember certain events, however, these events are forgotten after about 10 to 20 seconds. That is why scolding doesn’t work as I’ve already forgotten what I did.
Humans can remember many events even after a long period. This type of memory is associative memory. Dogs, on the other hand, remember feelings. If someone is kind to me, I will remember how he looks or smells. I rely on my nose and eyes to recognize a person.
My sight is a powerful tool that I use to determine who a person is. As long as my eyes are strong and healthy, I won’t forget anyone I know. The other tool I use is the power of smell.
Amazingly, dogs can remember the scent of someone their entire life.
I make associations with people depending on if that person was friendly or not so friendly. The association remains stored in my brain and relates to how that person made me feel. I may remember a specific event associated with a particular gesture, voice, movement, or smell.
Speaking of scent, I possess about 300 million olfactory receptors inside my nose and part of my brain that is completely devoted to analyzing smells. I’m a super sniffer. Even if I am away from my people for a long time, I will never forget my mom and dad! Because I rely on my nose to identify someone, it doesn’t matter how much that person changes physically, I still know who they are.
I guess you could say I have senior moments. After all, I am a senior and I live moment to moment.
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