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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.

 

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How to Improve Memory: Intensity, Duration, and Repetition

Learning About the Brain and Neurons

 

In this article, we will discuss how to improve memory by talking about the brain and its neurons. We'll explain techniques that will allow you to better think and improve memory.

 

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Increase Concentration with Brain Exercise

Do you need to increase concentration? Below are some problems associated with a lack of concentration:

  • You can’t pay attention to what your doing when there are background distractions.
  • You can’t concentrate on a single project for very long.
  • Your mind strays when you try to focus on boring tasks.
  • You day dream when you should be doing work.
  • You walk from one room to another only to find you can’t remember why you went there.
  • You set your keys/wallet down and can’t remember where you put it.
  • You can’t remember if you locked your car door.

If you have these symptoms it means you need the correct brain exercise. Below I describe types of brain exercise that will increase concentration.

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Improve Memory with Healthy Neurons

This article discusses how to improve memory by strengthening neurons through creating an enriched environment for yourself.

To understand your how to improve memory you have to understand how the basic building block of the brain works. That incredible block is called a neuron. This cell allows you to feel every sense, emotion, and experience throughout your life. Neurons wrap themselves around your entire body to form the complex network of your nervous system. They are also the principle cell that deals with memory. So in order to improve memory, you must create a healthy environment for neurons.

 


 

Neurons

Let’s start at the beginning. The birth of a neuron is studied in neurogenesis. Until a couple decades ago, most scientists thought that a human was born with all the neurons he or she would ever have. This is still a popular myth that floats around. Today we know that the brain is capable of continually producing neurons. Newborn neurons come into the world similar to children. They are fragile and readily moldable. These newborn neurons need chemical-electrical stimulation to survive. This stimulation acts like their food. Many neurons die soon after birth because there is not enough of this electrical-chemical food stimulus to go around. The neuron gets this stimulation when it connects to other neurons that are activated. When we learn new things, we create electrical-stimulation for new neurons. That insight is key to improve memory.

The Growth of a Neuron

Environmental enrichment creates larger brains and more complex neuron arrangements. This has been proved numerous times in laboratory experiments. A wild mouse has a much larger brain than a caged mouse. A mouse with extra stuff in it's cage (like a running wheel, a ladder...etc.) grows a larger brain than the mouse with nothing in its cage. This means the mouse with more stuff to do in their cage create more electrical-stimulation which in turn supports more neurons.

Another way you can think of your brain is a giant pattern producing machine. Each action you do stimulates a unique pattern of neurons in your brain. Fewer patterns mean less electrical-chemical stimulation and neurons die. Therefore, if mice are placed in a cage with nothing to do, they grow very dumb, and their brain shrinks. There aren’t enough patterns of movement and thought to stimulate new neurons; without chemical-electrical stimulation, the neurons die soon after birth. More challenges = bigger brain, less challenges = smaller brain. Let’s apply this to humans. First, this finding means that we aren’t born with a static brain. If we choose to tackle complex problems then we provide our brains with an enriched environment. An enriched environment grows our brain, and we improve memory. If we choose to sit at home, and do nothing, our brains shrinks and we don't improve memory. So get out there. Try something new! Add variety to your life, and enjoy a healthy brain.

That's all for today's article but keep your eyes open for more insights into how to improve memory from memnem.com!

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The Beginning of Memory Mnemonics

Memory Mnemonics is an art that has been used to improve memory for thousands of years. The art of memory mnemonics began in ancient antiquity, before 450 B.C. A man named Simonides is credited for inventing the art by recalling a relatively gruesome event. Simonides was invited to a banquet held by a man named Scopas. He paid Simonides of Ceos to recite a poem in his honor.

Poems were a commonplace art in antiquity, similar to perhaps a live band at a party today. Scopas grew angry when Simonides included a passage in praise of two Greek gods, so he refused to pay half the money that they had agreed upon. Simonides was angry and left the party.

After he left, the roof of the house fell on the people still inside the banquet. Later, the police came to identify the dead, but the bodies were mangled and disfigured beyond recognition. So the police asked Simonides if he could remember which people had attended the banquet. Simonides realized he could mentally picture the entire banquet hall, and by walking through it in his mind, he could remember every person in the room. This was the birth of what we call the Roman Room. This art of memory became commonplace in ancient Greece and Rome, and was later passed on to Catholic monks.

Simonides used his new art of memory for memorizing long poems. However, soon the art of memory made its way into rhetoric where it had its largest following. Even Aristotle mentions his use of memory mnemonics for remembering arguments to commonly disputed questions.

 
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