Despite the fact that a person's ability to memorize and reproduce information has been studied for more than a dozen years, today the mechanism of memory is not fully understood. Scientists are constantly making new discoveries about how our brains store various information and then retrieve memories. What helps to improve the properties of memory and what does brainhacking have to do with it? Learn from the article.
How does memory work?
Memory is a function of our brain that allows us to encode the information received, store it and reproduce it on demand. This cognitive ability of the mind is subject to various classifications. It is divided into short-term, operational and long-term, and different parts of the brain are responsible for each type of memory.
Also, there’s verbal, figurative, emotional and locomotory memory. Most often, in order to remember certain information well, you need to use several of the listed types at once.
The ability to memorize and then reproduce information is the basis of the learning process. In adolescence, it is mostly easily and naturally, so they say about young people: absorbs like a sponge. With age, this mechanism wears out, the system fails. In some cases, neurodegenerative diseases develop, such as dementia, Alzheimer's disease.
However, conscious work with your own memory can help to avoid such consequences in old age. How can this be done?
What is brainhacking and how to apply it
The concept of ‘brainhacking’ sounds innovative and complex, but in fact it is a fairly simple technique for developing our irreplaceable mental resource. Its techniques are aimed at improving the ability to perceive information, concentrate on it, remember, and then correctly recreate.
Brainhacking can offer the following techniques for good memorization:
Creative thinking. For example, if you need to remember a number, then each number can be represented as a certain visual image. New names, surnames, names of locations can be associated in your head with similar words, which you repeat every day. For a logical term in a pair, you can choose an auditory image, for an auditory one – a certain picture.
Dividing information into small blocks – a principle suitable for managing your own memory. Scientists have come to the conclusion that our brains are indeed much better at receiving information in chunks when it is broken down into small theme blocks. Each block must comply with the 7+/-2 rule. At a time, the brain effectively perceives from 5 to 9 designations.
The art of small steps. Memory training starts at the micro level. Go to the store – remember the shopping list, watch the movie – names of the heroes. Just for fun, you can memorize your favorite verse. Gradually, the ability to memorize will train and over time, the brain will be able to process more and more information.
How to boost your memory: 7 secrets
♦ Physical activity
Exercise is directly related to brain biochemistry. It is not necessary to torture yourself with long training sessions if you are not an athlete, but both doctors and scientists insist on the need to perform ordinary exercises. Move for fun!
♦ Nutrition that really nourishes
Rethink your diet. Limit your consumption of pastries, start eating more nuts and fish rich in omega-3. Include more vegetables and fruits in your diet and replace soda with natural green tea with antioxidant properties. Aging of the brain with a diet filled with useful microelements is postponed for many, many years.
♦ Have you tried quality sleep?
To get the most out of your sleep, try to go to bed at the same time. It is advisable to sleep at least seven hours daily. Indeed, in a dream, the brain assimilates and categorizes the information received during the day. It is during the deepest stages of sleep that long-term memory is formed.
♦ Association game
Nothing trains imaginative thinking as well as playing associations. Appeal to images, analogies, comparisons, make your brain work. If you do it in a playful way, then it will definitely not suffer, but only win.
♦ The trend of awareness
The main condition for memorizing things is concentration of attention, and awareness is just about learning to control it. A constant awareness of your condition will develop the habit of correctly focusing on what you need at the moment, and therefore memorizing more efficiently.
♦ Interest in life
Create conditions in which there is something new and exciting for you: hobbies, meetings, walks, travel. This will become life-giving food for the brain. If there is no way to get into a new hobby, then psychologists advise you to try to approach everyday life outside the box: go to work using different route, try a new dish for dinner, or dare to make some external changes.
♦ The power of relaxation and laughter
Stress is incredibly damaging to the brain. When a person is in a tense state for a long time, he/she loses the ability to concentrate, adequately receive information and, accordingly, reproduces it in a very confused way. Therefore, it is very important to learn how to rest, relieve the burden of responsibility and relax. One of the best ways to relieve stress and fatigue is laughter. It activates several areas of the brain at once and promotes the production of positive neurotransmitters.
But the main secret of improving memory is in the frequency of sticking to all abovementioned recommendations. No special exercises will help your memory if you don’t do them constantly, thus, you need to turn them into a way of thinking and living.
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