I was feeling sad today. Some days are like that.
I am looking forward to getting out of town and hanging out with A. I still enjoy my work, and I actually crammed in so many makeups that I am not losing too many hours by going out of town. But it is nice to take a break and try to make a few good memories in 2004.
I have been thinking a lot lately about word retrieval. I have several clients with the problem. I also have that problem as well. Not remembering the right name of something, calling someone by an incorrect name. I found a book that has patterns of errors and ideas for remembering. One of the most fascinating findings is how just hearing the first sounds of the word can recall the word to you. However, if the first sound is also in a confounding word, then you are in trouble. Completely boring example:
I needed to remember the names of the stars of the TV show Hart to Hart. I remembered the woman's name. I could not remember the man's name I knew it was something "like" Richard, but that it was not Richard. I could picture him in my mind, remember that he was married to Natalie Wood, but had to finally look up his name on Google. "Robert" Wagner. ARGH!
Temple Grandin wrote a book called "Thinking in Pictures" about her experiences as a person with autism. She mentioned having thoughts in pictures instead of words. Which makes sense, since so many kids with autism have language problems. Gee, the brain is a funhouse.