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10 Ways to Improve Memory - How to Strengthen Temporal Lobes

Read this article to discover 10 ways to improve memory by strengthening the temporal lobes. This article is the first of two that teach you about the brain by describing ways to improve memory. Furthermore, this article is one in a series that describes how to improve memory.

Learning About the Brain: 10 Ways to Improve Memory

Let’s begin our study to describe ways to improve memory, by learning about the brain. The brain is an incredible piece of engineering. It’s more powerful and complex than any machine we’ve built on the face of the internet. Neurologists generally divide up the brain by the parts of the brain that are activated during different types of activities. The parts of the brain that deals with memory are the Temporal Lobes. Therefore, you can improve memory by working out your temporal lobes. The following functions are handled by the Temporal lobes:

-Speaking and Vocabulary
-Auditory Learning
-Intermediate and Long-term Memory
-Visual and Auditory Processing, including music and rhythm

10 Ways to Improve Memory

1. Create a Library of Wonderful Experiences
You can improve memory by learning to keep a library of wonderful memories. Practically, your brain plays back memories throughout your entire body as if you are actually experiencing them. Creating a library of uplifting memories is a great way to improve memory along with increasing every area of your life: peace, joy, and increasing your ability to experience life. By reliving your best moments you teach your brain to experience positive memories. Focusing on the positive has been shown to relieve stress and depression.

MemNem’s MemCards are perfect for helping you keep track of these memories. Also, if you would like to learn more about the brain, try our memory course. In our memory course, we discuss how to keep a mental journal and how to remember important memories throughout your day. Mnemonic journaling can help you capture those happy moments and greatly improve memory.

2. Building Friendships
Ultimately, you improve memory by using your memory. That’s why strong and diverse relationships produce healthy people. When you talk to people they push you out of your rut of thinking and energize different parts of your brain. People see the same events differently, they live different lives, feel events differently, enjoy unique things… the list is endless. When you talk to people you pick up pieces of their unique lives and deposit them in your memory. This in turn causes your mind to stimulate a unique pattern of neurons in your brain. Neurons grow stronger when they are stimulated. So you end up with a stronger brain and improve memory.

When you talking to people, try avoiding generic statements like “How are you doing?” or “How was your weekend?” Use these generic statements when first getting to know a person but try to delve deeper and revisit the information you learned from your last few conversations with them.Taylor your questions to their lives. This is obvious to some people, but bad memory and bad social skills goes hand-in-hand. When learning about the brain, you realized those two problems originate with an under-utilized temporal lobe.

3. Sleeping
People experience problems with the temporal lobe when they’re tired. Memory loss, spacing out, and loss of emotional control are a few examples. This gives strong evidence that the temporal lobes are strongly effected by sleep deprivation. You should be getting 6-8 hrs of uninterrupted sleep every night. Your brain uses this time to file away memories you’ve gathered throughout your day and review memories of the past. Try to improve memory by improving your sleep.

4. Singing
The same part of your brain that houses memory also houses your ability to sing. So sing! Sing in your shower, sing in your car… sing wherever,but do it! Since singing is housed in the same lobe as general memory, when you strengthen your singing neurons they are likely to strengthen your neurons used to store new memories. Ultimately, that will improve memory.

5. Toning
One of the specific forms of singing that has proven to be useful to improve memory is toning. People can elicit certain feelings by quietly singing syllables. Here’s a short list:

a. Ahhh: relaxation
b. Oh or om: relaxation and warming
c. Ee or ay helps concentration and releasing anger

Part 2 of this article will discuss 5 more ways to improve memory.

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