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um...don't you usually randomize your collection? i mean, what else could explain yo-yo ma and dropkick murphys being played three songs apart. i guess i just can't appreciate what archiving what you are listening will do. although, maybe you could try to use it as a device to jog your memory and since it's random that'll work to your advantage. but if you're going to do that, i think you should incorporate a scent layer of memory coding. because scents are supposed to last the longest in terms of memory.

oh my god. i have a brilliant new study technique. maybe i can code smells to memorizing pages or to lectures. then, i could put a different scent on each finger to jog my memory during the test. the only problem is i don't know if memories are connected that way...like can visual memories be connected to a smell memory. you must be able to do it to a certain extent. quick, everyone think of a smell and what do you see? the funny part is that i would spend the hour and a half in the test sniffing my fingers!

quick, someone who has extra time, do some research and find out if this can be used as a memory device. damn i wish my pre-med undergraduate were here. she would know...

yeah, i usually just randomize, but not always. the randomization actually is one of the reasons i want a history. my music collection is big enough that i can't really remember everything in it. so sometimes i'll be listening on random and there'll be a really good song but i can't remember who it's by or which album it's off, etc. if i don't get over to the computer before the song's finished, i wouldn't be able to figure out what the song was.

i also don't always randomize. so i may be able to pull out more useful trend info from that.

ok, so i forgot about the short term benefits of having a playlist. i'm a dirty iTunes user...i start with a playlist.

They must be connected. I think we see this the most in dreams, and how they can be more lucid by our surroundings. You wake to find a song playing on the radio that was playing on a radio in your dream, or maybe you were singing it in a concert in your dream. You wake to the smell of something burning, from a dream where something was on fire. My friends tell me this happens to them all the time. It definately happens to me.

Also, there are certain scents that completely visualize a memory for me. It has been so long since I've even seen one of my ex-girlfriends - about five years - and even longer since we started dating, and even longer since she wore a certain perfume. It's a rare one, but every time I smell it, I can picture her completely - not just face, but body structure, clothing, hairstyle... I can even feel the air around me from that day on the bleechers. So yes, as far as I have read, heard, and experienced first-hand, smell can evoke other parts of memory.

wow...you had me so wrapped up in the moment, i nearly skipped the part about the bleachers.

yeah, some visual aspect associated with smell memory are very clear...like remembering a person. i wonder though if smell can help you remember things that are associated to more logic and processing or if it can only help you recall an experience. if i light a candle that smells like rosemary while i study and train myself a with a couple whiffs, will i remember what i felt like or the light in the room or the page i was on or will i actually remember what was on the page and how it relates to everything else i am learning.


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