You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!
"Achieving Optimal Memory" is a well written book by Dr. Aaron Nelson from the Harvard Medical School. This book goes into the details of prevention, detection and treatment of many common memory problems. Included are exercises and suggestions for improving nutrition and lifestyle to help increase and prolong good working memory.
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Sometimes we forget a fact almost instantaneously and sometimes we can remember it for the rest of our lives. If a fact is stored in our short-term memory, we are more likely to instantaneously forget it again. But once information enters our long-term memory, it still may be in danger of being forgotten. Studies have shown that the rate of forgetting is highest shortly after the learning happens and tapers off as time passes. Additionally, we may remember the general idea much longer than specific facts.
The more thoroughly you learn the subject, the less likely you are to forget it. This is because you are reinforcing the memories more deeply into your mind by overlearning the topic. Information learned quickly will also be forgotten quickly.
Another factor that determines forgetting is the amount of reinforcement that you give these memories. If you learn something and then are never asked to recall that information, it is going to be forgotten much more easily than if you use the learned information on a regular basis. So, if you want to remember something, you should learn it thoroughly and then refresh your memory from time to time.
When you are studying something, you must decide if you want to study the whole subject or break it up into chunks. If you break it up into chunks, you should study the first part until you have learned it fully before moving on to the second chunk and so on. With the whole method, you study the whole thing from start to finish over and over until you have learned it. The most effective method depends on the study topic.
An advantage of the whole method is that the entire subject will be in context and you will know how each section relates to the others. If the subject is difficult to divide, the whole method may work better. Material with distinct parts will make using the part method easier. When using the part method, you will need to spend extra time putting each piece back together into the whole picture. The more material there is, the more beneficial the part method becomes.
An advantage of the part method is that you will get quicker feedback about your progress because you will be testing yourself more often. With the whole method, you will not have any feedback until you have studied the whole thing for a longer period of time. People who need feedback might prefer the part method. People who have used the whole method before understand that they are making progress even if it might take longer to realize it.
Additionally, you could combine the two methods. You could review the entire subject a few times and then break it up into parts. Then combine it all at the end and review the whole thing. Or, you could use a progressive part system. With this, you start with a part and each time you add a chunk, you study everything learned so far. For example, you would start by studying part 1. Then you would study parts 1 and 2 together and finally parts 1, 2, and 3 as one piece.
A recent study published in the scientific journal "Neurology" suggests that eating more vegetables can slow down normal age related cognitive decline.
The study followed thousands of participants over a six-year period of time to see how dietary differences affect memory. The results suggest that cognitive decline slows by 40% for people who eat at least 2.8 servings of vegetables a day. Interestingly, older participants experienced the greatest benefit.
Of the different types of vegetables, green leafy vegetables, like spinach, had the largest effect. This may be due to the high amounts of Vitamin E that are contained in these kinds of vegetables. So do as your Mom said and, "Eat your vegetables!"
The Mozart Effect is the notion that listening to classical music composed by Mozart can temporarily increase your IQ and enhance other mental functions. It is said that playing classical music to infants can improve their mental development. Some studies have shown that listening to Mozart can temporarily increase one's IQ by up to 9 points when given a spatial reasoning test. Other studies showed that it had the opposite effect!
One theory to explain this is related to mood. If you happen to enjoy classical music, then listening to it will bring you pleasure. This will put you in a good mood, which can improve your mental performance. If you dislike classical music, listening to it will annoy you and cause you to perform poorly on any subsequent test.
This enjoyment effect is not restricted to Mozart; it goes for any type of music. So, listen to what you enjoy and try to get in a good mood whenever you need to perform at the top of your game.