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Friday, 27 May 2011

“You and your memory”

You and your memory

by Amit Kumar
The human brain has extraordinary ability to adapt and change. This ability is known as neuroplasticity. With the right stimulation, your brain can form new neural pathways, alter existing connections, and adapt and react in ever-changing ways.
You can harness the natural power of neuroplasticity to improve your cognitive abilities and memory by doing simple things.
  • Stress is one of the brain’s worst enemies. Avoid taking unnecessary stress.
  • Drink 1.5-2.0 lit water each day.
  • Get out (in the daylight) and get plenty of fresh air.
  • Exercise your body to exercise your brain.
  • Research shows that sleep is necessary for memory consolidation, with the key memory-enhancing activity occurring during the deepest stages of sleep.
  • Create opportunity to laugh often, be entertaining.
  • Boost your self esteem with your creativity.
  • Do loads of brain games such as crossword, puzzles, Sudoku.
  • Meditation improves focus, concentration, creativity, and learning and reasoning skills.
  • Brain boosting foods: - omega-3 fatty acids, limit your saturated fat intake; eat more fruit and vegetables (5-10 portion in a day).
  • Give your brain a workout:-“use it or lose it.”
Enhancing your ability

  • Pay attention- It takes about eight seconds of intense focus to process a piece of information into your memory.
  • Use your all senses as much as possible.
  • Convey information to what you already know.
  • Simplify rather than memorizing isolated details. Practice explaining the ideas to someone else in your own words.
  • Rehearse learned information- spaced rehearsal” is more effective than cramming, especially for retaining what you’ve learned.

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