Memory Enhancement Neuroscience: How To Boost Memory

Memory Enhancement Neuroscience: How To Boost Memory

According to the latest reports, there are some pretty impressive ways that you can enhance your memory. Check out more details about this below.

Memory enhancing strategies

According to Dr. Megan Sumeracki and Dr. Althea Need Kaminske, the process of storing and retrieving information is much more complex than most people believe. Despite their common portrayal in movies, exceptional memory abilities, such as photographic or savant memory, are actually quite rare.

In their latest book, “The Psychology of Memory,” the authors have outlined some easy techniques to improve memory and enhance learning, including ways to remember names and numbers.

The Psychology of Memory uses research based on cognitive psychology to increase understanding of all types of memory and their impact.

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The work highlights the significant impact memory has on our lives and how it can be impaired by alcohol, sleep deprivation, and caffeine.

The book delves into the scientific aspects of various memory systems and types, such as short and long-term memory, and elucidates their functions.

The authors dispel common misconceptions, such as the belief that memory is merely a recollection of past events. Instead, they demonstrate how it is crucial to recall to execute a task in the future.

Dr. Sumeracki and Dr. Kaminske suggest that there are strategies that can enhance the memory of events that occurred. This type of memory is known as “event-based” recall. To remember to remove your child from their car seat before heading into work, you can leave a purse in the back seat of the car as a cue. The authors also suggest other techniques that can boost long-term knowledge and improve the efficiency of learning.

The book suggests a technique called ‘retrieval practice’ which involves recalling information from one’s memory. A practical example of this strategy is to learn a new colleague’s name by consciously using it every time you address them.

Chess players use a technique called schema to memorize the position of pieces on the board.

Schema helps in organizing new information in the brain and reduces the burden on working memory. While the authors do not propose that becoming a chess champion is easy, they suggest that anyone can use schema to remember complex information.

“Visual and auditory techniques can also help train the memory of normal individuals. The ability to recall the order of cards in a pack seems impressive but can be achieved by creating mental associations for each card,” they explain.

“Anyone who has studied knows that regular practice is essential. But to become an expert in a field of learning, people need to employ deliberate practice. The difference is that deliberate practice involves purposeful and deliberate attention whereas regular practice just involves repetition.”

Rada Mateescu

Passionate about freedom, truth, humanity, and subjects from the science and health-related areas, Rada has been blogging for about ten years, and at Health Thoroughfare, she's covering the latest news on these niches.

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