It’s not uncommon for ‘normal’ people — without a damaged brain — who know some unreachable word or phrase; for example, a vague word, a celebrity, a phrase will instantly will come to them in the future. We have a couple of ‘phases’ for this brain’s neurons pathways mismatching; Deja-vu, tip-of-the-tongue syndrome, stuttering, etc.
After my catastrophic massive stroke in December of 2008, I couldn’t remember my right side body. I was mute, reading was a problem, short term memory and working term memory were lost, I had forgotten how to whistle, sing, quote phrases and also, I couldn’t remember my English and French prefixes & suffixes.
A few months after my massive stroke, I remember sitting on my red velvet armchair and I was jotting down animal words. I remember way, way back in time how I, as a four year old boy, I could recite the whole zoo of animals in English and French for my teacher and my friends. It was late in the afternoon, I stood up, dark wooden floor, nothing in the room except my teacher and the dozen kids.
That’s how I regressed to be a preschool kid!
At my adult home, I spelled “jumble”. Obviously, I misquoted “jungle”. I couldn’t see the correct wording. All I could see was a tropic verdant rainforest and sunlight hitting the sun-drenched green vervet, a new world monkey.
Tabula rasa? A complete sheet of nothing?
I had had to get my neural pathway through my damaged neurons to connected to other axion or, skirting the dark spot on my left brain to get around and linked up with a new pathway to connect to my axion B.
Six years later, I was practicing using a prefix & suffix dictionary I collected from the web. You know what I found? All of my globules neurons arranged according to “-tion”, “pre-”, “-tice” in my memory system in my left hemisphere brain.
This is a good point to make: The Alzheimer and her daughter play a word game which kindle the Alzheimer’s brain.
Translating thoughts into words is a complex process—one that we take for granted because it usually happens effortlessly. The brain translates thoughts from abstract concepts into words and then attaches them to the appropriate sounds. Voilà: we speak. In tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) states, this process gets interrupted. “Word retrieval normally goes smoothly and easily, but in this case the system breaks down and you get stuck partway through,” Dr. Karin Humphreys says.
Jessica Hullinger, writer for mental_floss,said, “Humphreys says they often happen when we’re tired, and are more common when we’re trying to recall proper names. Frustratingly, the more we think about the missing word, as we are inclined to do, the more it eludes us. But struggling with it only to be given the answer by the Internet actually doesn’t do us much good in helping us recall the word later. In fact, Humphrey’s research suggests it basically ensures you’ll forget it again.”