How to Improve Your Memory?

by admin on June 2, 2010

Memory is basically the knowledge storage in your brain, it is made up of synapses between your dendrites of neurons, greater the number of synapses, better is your memory. Good thing is that you can build these synapses between neurons of your brain by little efforts. Read all secrets below…

This ability to make new connections (synapses) between dendrites and changing its strength is known as SYNAPTIC PLASTICITY, mostly found in cortical neurons.

Original_atkinson-shiffrin_modelPractise or Rehersal helps to create better synapses among dendrites and ultimately contributing to long term memory otherwise it will decay see Hebb’s rule. Strengthening the old saying “Practise Makes the Man Perfect”.

Remembring things in form of pictures and illogical association also helps in easy learning and recalling, a picture is better than thousand words. Illogical associations aids in learning lectures or capturing important points during the lectures tought in class.

Short Term Memory is also known as Recent Memory or Temporary Memory or Working Memory or Sensory Memory or Immediate Memory, this memory lasts from few seconds to few hours.

So its better to revise (what you studied) after few hours, then revise again after 24 hours, then after 7 days and further revision is required after one month. Revising the subject helps in strengthining the earlier weak synapse which was formed during first time of study.

Long Term Memory is also known as Permanent Memory which persists for years to whole of life. Hippocampus is the part of brain which convert this short term memory into long term memory, remember hippocampus does not store the memory, long term memory is stored in neocortex.

Consolidation of memory takes place during REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, so it is advised that students must have proper sleep on last night before examination. In children 80% of sleep is REM sleep.

Drinking plenty of water, eating fresh fruits and regular exercise also makes your brain alert.

More you use your synapses better they become, that’s why higher educated people do not suffer from dementia. Education not only delays the early symptoms of dementia, but can also slow down the development of the disease, reported by sciencedaily.com

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