Memory is the only Paradise,
from which we cannot be banished.
J. P. Richter

Types of memory

What will be discussed today? It would seem that the theme of “types of memory” somehow weakly intersects with the Director, and even more so with acting. But let’s look at the types of memory and, most importantly, one of the tools of acting and directing skills – emotional memory.

Human memory is needed to store, store and reproduce information.

Unfortunately, memory is limited. Therefore, it is better to keep a diary.

Traditionally, there are six types of memory. You can deduce a direct relationship between the type of memory and profession. Also, you should remember that it is the baggage of your memory will help you to be truthful.

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1. Arbitrary or intentional. Memory, which we use consciously, that would remember and learn previously unknown material, and under this use those or other receptions.
 — This kind of memory is necessary for the Director and actor constantly to remember everything that happens around consciously. The more you train this type of memory, the more you accumulate techniques for more effective memorization. (note: visual recordings, color associations, mnemonics, etc.))

2. Involuntary – this kind of memory is responsible for images that we have not sought to remember.
— The more you train your memory, the more images it can remember unconsciously. Unconscious images are needed for your subconscious mind to tell you good decisions. Involuntary memory is responsible for the moment of “insight”, the moment of finding a successful solution, as if out of nowhere. In fact, all that you “illuminates”, you saw, just forgot, and now the subconscious helpfully and in time you reminded the necessary information.

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3. Verbal-logical memory. This type of memory is directly related to learning, because it gives you the opportunity to remember, learn and reproduce thoughts, concepts, conclusions, and so on.
— Teaching light, especially for the actor and Director. Everything you say, very often needs to be confirmed, this memory will help you to better argue and prove what you want to convey.

4. Motor memory helps you to remember the movement.
— If for Director this kind of memory not so is important.
Although to show the actor what to do is often very necessary. For example, you will need to explain to the actor (or actor to reproduce) how he washes his hands under hot water, then your memory Will tell you what to do, because unconsciously you remember this moment of your life.
— For an actor, it’s the more important part. Dancing, movement, podsmotrennye on the street and all movement, which commit man (fall for example) you must remember and be able reproduce.

5. Figurative memory is divided into: visual, auditory, tactile, painful, etc., depending on the type of analyzer. This memory will help you to remember sensual images, phenomena, properties.
— It is logical that visual memory will help you remember the pictures. Auditory — the sounds of voices, technology, nature and so on. Painful — will save you from rash acts. Tactile — will show and tell you what kind of object and what quality it is.

6. Emotional memory – is responsible for remembering and reproducing sensory perceptions together with the objects that cause them.

I. e. emotional memory – memory on feelings. You need to remember those feelings, experiences, thoughts again. Re-live them and feel. Re-build a logical chain of your emotions and all this based on past experience.

This quality is necessary not only for actors, but also for Directors. Because “a sense of truth” — this is a very important component of creativity. It is because of how well you remember, how much you know, how subtly you can feel and, not forgetting, reproduce these feelings. And remembering – to be able to convey this feeling to the whole team – depends on the success of your work.