Tips And Tricks To Sharpen Your Memory - Tiziana M. - ebook
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A good memory is truly important for anyone to possess. Your memory of faces, names, facts, information, dates, events, circumstances and other things concerning your everyday life is the measure of your ability to prevail in today’s fast-paced, information-dependent society. With a good memory, you don’t have to fear forgetting/misplacing important stuffs and you can overcome mental barriers that hinder you from achieving success in your career, love life, and personal life.Your memory is composed of complicated neural connections in your brain which are believed to be capable of holding millions of data. The ability of your mind to retain past experiences in a highly organized manner gives you the potential to learn and create different ideas. Your experiences are the stepping stones to greater accomplishments and at the same time your guides and protectors from danger. If your memory serves you well in this respect, you are saved the agony of repeating the mistakes of the past. By remembering crucial lessons and circumstances, you avoid the mistakes and failures made by other people.Unless you have an illness or handicap, a poor memory is often attributed to lack of attention or concentration, insufficient listening skills, and other inherent bad habits; however, it can be honed and developed using the right methods.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Chapter 1

 

 

 

 

Tips And Tricks to Sharpen Your Memory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1: Sharp Memory Factors 7

Chapter 2: Attention 15

Chapter 3: Basic Memory Tools 20

Chapter 4: Overcoming Forgetfulness 25

Chapter 5: Memory and Your Senses 32

Chapter 6: How to Remember Names and Faces 37

Chapter 7: How to Remember Numbers 42

Chapter 8: How to Remember Places 50

Chapter 9: How to Remember Events 53

Chapter 10: Other Memory Tools 55

Conclusion 60

Introduction

A good memory is truly important for anyone to possess. Your memory of

faces, names, facts, information, dates, events, circumstances and other things

concerning your everyday life is the measure of your ability to prevail in today’s

fast-paced, information-dependent society. With a good memory, you don’t have

to fear forgetting/misplacing important stuffs and you can overcome mental

barriers that hinder you from achieving success in your career, love life, and

personal life.

Your memory is composed of complicated neural connections in your

brain which are believed to be capable of holding millions of data. The ability of

your mind to retain past experiences in a highly organized manner gives you the

potential to learn and create different ideas. Your experiences are the stepping

stones to greater accomplishments and at the same time your guides and

protectors from danger. If your memory serves you well in this respect, you are

saved the agony of repeating the mistakes of the past. By remembering crucial

lessons and circumstances, you avoid the mistakes and failures made by other

people.

Unless you have an illness or handicap, a poor memory is often attributed

to lack of attention or concentration, insufficient listening skills, and other inherent

bad habits; however, it can be honed and developed using the right methods.

Many people believe that their memory gets worse as they get older. This

is true only for those who do not use their memory properly. Memory is like a

muscle - the more it is used, the better it gets. The more it is neglected, the

worse it gets. This is the reason why older people have more trouble

remembering than younger ones. However, people increasing in age can

overcome this dilemma and can even further improve their memory by continuing

their education, by refining their minds, by keeping themselves open to new

experiences, and by keeping their imagination working. An important thing to

realize is that different people have various ways of learning. The way in which

people learn is often a factor determining the subjects they choose to study,

instructors they relate to, and careers they select.

Memorization or retention of data operates by loading images, sounds,

taste, smell, and sensation (touch) in a very organized and meaningful

combination in our brain. There are three types of memory.

Sensory Memory is where temporary information is briefly recorded.

Images such as a picture in a magazine and the design on your customer’s

clothing are momentarily stored in the sensory memory. It will be quickly replaced

by another sensory memory unless you do something to retain it.

Short-term Memory, characterized by 20 to 30 seconds of retention,

involves a limited amount of information, and is necessary in traditional

processing of experiences and ordinary data gathering (everyday sensation and

perception). For example, you were taught by your professor some great

techniques on how to easily solve complicated Math problems. The next time you

take a Math exam, you may possibly remember some of the formulas, but it’s

doubtful you’ll be able to recall and apply all the methods being taught.

Long-term Memory involves consolidation and organization of complex

knowledge and information for further reference and other cognitive (mental)

processing such as the application of learning or information into meaningful

experiences. Examples would include your birthday, your father’s name, and

your home’s appearance.

Short-term and long-term memories are concerned with how you

continually organize data that are stored in your brain. In short, human memory is

like a vast and complicated yet organized library, rather than a trash can or

disordered store room.

In order for you to further develop your memory capacity in various tasks,

it would be helpful if you consider points and ideas in improving your memory.

This would make your retention practices more efficient and sharper.

Chapter One

Sharp Memory Factors

If someone was to read a list of words to you, it’s most unlikely that you

will remember all the words in the list. You’ll be able to recall most of the words at

the beginning, some at the middle, and a few at the end. These effects are

known as primacy (words at the beginning) and recency (words at the end).

The only way that a normal person can effectively recall all of the words in

the list, is if he applies a mnemonic technique to help him remember. You’ll also

find that it’s easier to recall a word if it’s repeated several times in the list, or if it’s

related to the other words in any way, or if it stands out among the other words

(for example, the word “ruby” will stand out from a list of vegetables).

To take advantage of your primacy and recency, you must find a middle

ground. If you are doing something that requires a lot of thinking and you do this

non-stop for hours, you’ll find that the dip in the recall between the primacy and

recency can be quite considerable.

If, on the other hand, you stop to take breaks too often, your brain will not

really reach its primacy because it keeps on getting interrupted. In a more

practical application, instead of continuously studying or working for hours, you

might want to try pausing and resting after 30-50 minutes of working, just to give

your brain time to refresh itself and to maximize the time when your primacy and

recency are balanced.

Contrary to popular belief, being smart is not synonymous to having a

good memory or good retention. You don’t have to force yourself to study and

understand more in order to improve your memory; the key is actually in your

lifestyle, your attitude, your diet, and your habits.

You Are What You Eat

It is often said that your brain is probably the greediest organ in your body,

and it requires a very specific type of nutrition from your diet. It shouldn’t be

surprising then that your diet affects how your brain performs, and it performs

well with a steady supply of glucose. Before you go out of your house in the

morning, it would be great if you can give your brain the fuel it needs by eating a

hearty breakfast. A salad packed full of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and

vitamins C and E, should also help keep your brain in tip-top condition by helping

to reduce damaging free radicals (damaging molecules). As you grow older, your

brain has lesser capacity to defend itself from daily threats like free radicals,

inflammation, and oxidation. That’s why aging people need more nutrition than

younger ones.

Free radicals are like cavities to your teeth; they slowly build up if they’re

not cleaned out. As the brain cells grow older, they sometimes stop

communicating with each other. As an effect, it slows down essential processes

like thinking, short-term memory retrieval, and regenerating new cells. Therefore,

anti-oxidants are essential to maintain not only good health, but a good memory

as well. Good sources of anti-oxidants are:

•Vitamin A and beta-carotene: Carrots, spinach, cantaloupe, winter squash

•Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes

•Vitamin E: Nuts, seeds, vegetable oil, wheat germ

Studies show that fatty food that causes artheosclerosis (clogging of

arteries) are also the same type of food that disrupts neural activities. Cut back

on the fat and replace it with foods rich in anti-oxidants. Nothing will replace a

well-balanced meal, but to make sure that your body doesn’t lack any of its

nutritional needs, it would be a good idea to take food supplements. As the name

implies, they’re supplements, and not replacements.

Scientific research also indicates that eating fish can indeed sharpen your