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Learning About the Brain: 10 Ways to Improve Memory (part 2)

10WaysToImproveMemoryRead this article to discover ways to improve memory by strengthening the temporal lobes.

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This article discusses activities 6-10 to improve memory. We delve into how to improve memory by strengthening the area of the brain that deals with memory: the temporal lobes.



10 Ways to Improve Memory (cont'd):

6. Listening to Classical Music
There’s something strange that happens when we listen to classical music, we work better, become more alert, and remember better. Numerous studies about the brain have shown that classical music is good for productivity. Try putting in your earphones at work and listening to some classical music. Practice this and other music therapy and you may be startled by the results. Try reading the “Mozart Effect” for more information about the brain and how music can improve every area of your mind.

7. Playing an Instrument
We’ve learned how listening to music and singing can improve memory. How about playing music? Playing music is great in multiple-respects. You often sing while you play, you move your body parts, and you do all of this while keeping a rhythm (hopefully!). This means that you are exciting a diverse group of neurons that you wouldn’t normally use. In other terms, it’s really good for you! Try memorizing songs and playing them from memory. Keep track of your song review times with MemNem’s review web app to maximize your review intervals.

8. Dancing
Rhythms are also housed in the same location as memory. So try dancing! Even if you have two left feet it will still improve your health and memory to get out there and learn to move to the rhythm.

9. Consider Temporal Lobe Medication
As always, you should talk to your doctor about what medicine is right for you before beginning any medication regimen. Here are some options for memory medication: Depakote (divalproex), Neurontin (gabapentin), Lamictal (lamotrigine), and Tegretol (carbamazepine). These are antiseizure medications that have been shown to be effective in stabilizing abnormal activity in the temporal lobes. Although these medications have side effects, as doctors continue learning about the brain, we hope to discover medications with greater benefits and fewer side-effects.

10. MemNem’s Review Notecards

Your brain is like a room of supercomputers that you carry around with you everywhere you go. If you have that powerful of a machine, you should learn how to use it! Most people don’t know that their memory has specific review intervals to maximize their remembering ability. By learning to follow these review periods, you can greatly increase the amount of information you remember. That’s why made the MemCards review app. Try it out, and you can very quickly increase the information that you can learn.

Many of these concepts were adopted from Ch 11 of "Change Your Brain Change your Life" and other general research. We highly recommend this book if you want to learn more about the brain.

If you missed the first five ways to improve memory, you can go back by clicking here. Next, we'll talk about how to improve memory by increasing concentration.

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