Underdeveloped memory systems can result in speech delays, learning disabilities, distractibility, poor reading comprehension, memory loss, and loss of mental acuity.
Cognitive thoughts are formed based upon information held and retrieved from past experiences. Feelings and understanding of these memories are functions of short-term memory.
Thoughts are represented by the ability to create a conceptual and visual frame of reference. Conceptualization is the ability to understand abstract ideas, principles and values. It tends to develop as our understanding of language develops.
The ability to understand is directly proportional to the development of the auditory side of short-term memory. Visualization develops with eyesight and results in perceived reality. The ability to visualize and conceptualize tends to define how we approach life, how we learn, how we stay on task, how we integrate information and most importantly, how we communicate with others.