Saturday, March 24, 2012
Boost Your Memory!
7 Simple Ways To Improve Your Memory :
1. Write about your problems.
A more efficient working memory contributes to better learning, planning, reasoning and more. One way to increase working memory capacity indirectly is through expressive writing.
2. Look at a natural scene.
Nature has a magical effect on us. In one study people who walked around an arboretum did 20% better on a memory test than those who went for a walk around busy streets.
3. Say words aloud.
A study found memory improvements of 10% for words said out loud or even just mouthed : a relatively small gain, but a tiny cost.
4. Meditate ( a bit )
In one recent study, participants who meditated for 4 sessions of only 20 minutes, once a day, saw boosts to their working memory and other cognitive functions.
5. Predict your performance.
When Meier et al (2011) tested people's prospective memory ( remembering to do something in the future ), they found that trying to predict performance was beneficial. On some tasks people's performance increased by almost 50%.
6. Use your body to encode memories.
We don't just think with our minds, we can also use gestures to encode memories.
7. Use your body to remember.
Since our bodies are important in encoding a memory, they can also help retrieving it. We are able to retrieve positive memories when we are happy.
Probably the best way of improving your overall cognitive health is exercise. Studies regularly find that increasing aerobic fitness is particularly good for executive function and working memory.
" Tell me and I'll forget,
Show me and I may remember,
Involve me and I'll understand "
~ Chinese proverb ~
credits: wikipedia, psyBlog