We recognise that our memories, whether it’s a childhood memory, a favourite photograph or text message are all incredibly precious and should be kept safe. This is why we want to celebrate memories and explore the power they can have on our everyday lives, in particular first memories.
Whilst you may think that first memories would be of dramatic events, most are in fact more everyday occurrences, like some of those that feature in the My Earliest Memory project. The simple memories of being taught how to drink milk from a cup or waving goodbye to Dad from a window may seem insignificant, but these recollections of the mundane will generally stay with us for the rest of our lives, as fond glances into our childhoods.
The Mystery of the Mind
Scientists are continuously carrying out studies and research into the human brain and psychology to get a better understanding of how it works and why it behaves in certain ways.
There are numerous cases demonstrating that memories aren’t always as reliable as you think. Our brains can fabricate or misinterpret memories and events, making you believe that certain things happened. This can happen with first memories too, as the adult brain struggles to form concrete memories, thus it can interpret different emotions, events and scenarios creating a false memory.
With all first memories they can go some way to shape how we view the world and our lives. They prompt us to recall first memories and often bring back feelings of nostalgia, transporting you to a simpler time or mustering up strong emotions and connections to your loved ones. The Family Project looks at five people’s first memories, which all vary widely in content, yet they all in some way relate back to family dynamics and the connections we have to our siblings and parents.
Looking at first memories give us fascinating insight into the human mind. They’re completely subjective, as it is your perspective on your childhood and no-one else’s, which is what makes them so valuable, personal and prized.
At MEEM our products are all about keeping memories and data backed up at all times, regardless of where you are in the world and if you have an internet connection or not.