How to Improve Memory-A Mega Resource To Increase Brain Power
Harry Lorayne, one of the leading experts in memory-training says that we use only about 10% of our brain or mind. That means 90% of our mental abilities remain untapped. But this latent and dormant mental power can be be discovered and exploited with the help of memory improvement techniques, tactics and healthy habits. By applying these memorization techniques, one’s memorization and retention powers can grow by leaps and bounds.
Internet has a treasure trove of information and finding something specific which serves your needs can be a daunting task. To make your work easier, in this article I am going to direct you to more than 25 compelling and comprehensive articles and resources which will not only help you to improve your memory power but bring monumental success in all your endeavors if properly practiced.
Cutting to the chase, here are hand picked, most informative memory improvement resources on the internet (not limited to) that will help you to improve your mental performance, increase creativity, get you laser focused and help you develop a mind-boggling concentration. (click on the individual links to go to the respective article)
This is the top result on Google for the keyword “How to Improve Memory” and for good reason. Rather than directly diving into hardcore methods of increasing memory power, this article emphasizes on little known techniques of boosting mind abilities. This is one of the most comprehensive articles which covers almost everything related to increasing mind power. Read a snipped from this article -
“The human brain has an astonishing ability to adapt and change—even into old age. 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.“
Some points to ponder:
. Good diet
. Healthy habits
. Physical exercise
. Sleep Well
. Socialize and have fun
. Healthy Relationships
. Laughter is the best medicine
. Do not stress it out-(Meditation helps to increase cerebral cortex and improves brain activity)
. Eat foods that boost mental power (Omega 3s- Fish, spinach, soybeans, green tea, red wine etc)
. Develop your brain muscle power (Learn a musical instrument, knitting, work a puzzle, learn a new language)
. Learn to make mnemonics/Use mnemonic devices- Acronyms, acrostic, chunking, Loci method
. Be observant and attentive
. Make use of your five senses
. Review and revise
A little bit is covered in the previous article about foods that enhance grey matter. Good foods nurture both the mind and the body. There are some specific foods which help to enhance our mental health. Read the article to know how the below mentioned foods nurture grey matter.
. Whole grains
. Oily fish
. Foods rich with Vitamins
. Pumpkin seeds
These foods can definitely propel your brain for better memory and improved concentration.
This article is slightly tilted towards students by providing tips to score better in exams. But,the techniques listed are helpful to increase memory, whether you are a student or not.
. Take a stroll before the exam
. While studying read loudly like giving a speech to yourself
. Treat yourself once in a while
. Share and teach what you have learnt
. Use mental associations
. Block yourself from distracting websites
. Google like a pro
. Take a break
. Listen to music
. Sleep well
. Learn differently
. Group study
These tips are slightly deviated but can help to give your brain the much needed relaxation and restore it to its full potential.
Yoga is a force to reckon with and it can rejuvenate your body and mind holistically.Yoga is one of the natural ways which will help you to improve your memory power.
. Crane pose
. Tree stand pose
. Reclining hero pose
As there is information explosion these days, parents are much worried about their child’s choice of information and also the humongous task of remembering and retaining it. If you are a parent, then you can show your child few memorization techniques listed in the above article. To reiterate
. Letter Logic
. Make a list
. Use Senses
. Mental Gymnastics
. Missing Objects
. Chain of words
. Matching Pairs
. Loci method
These are little games which can be fun and can help to boost your child’s learning curve.
Not to promote my own material but I have been an memory systems enthusiast. And I have written couple of articles related to this topic. But this particular one, deals with specific steps that can change the way you look at information.
A little snippet of the article-”In this article I am going to give you 3 exercises which will help you to train your mind to remember, recall and retain better.”
You can do these exercises while you are watching TV, while traveling, while playing or while you are resting. These exercises will stimulate your brain and in time, you will become more conscious, creative and clever”. If you want to commit something to memory for a long-term then
. Pick out the key words
. Create substitute words
. Make illogical associations
. Decipher those abstract numbers
These techniques can be used to remember complex information and also to retain and recall information which is numeric.
If you have a health condition due to old age or neurological problem, which has resulted in drastic loss in memory, then there are certain things you can do to prevent further loss or improve. With conscious effort, memory improvement exercises and games, you can increase your retention and recall capabilities.
. Repetition and rehearsal
This particular article by Wikihow is quite comprehensive and covers a lot of ground. I felt, a little more substantiation was required nevertheless, it is a good article and can spearhead into further learning and research. The things covered here are
. Mnemonic devices
- Loci method
. How to remember a person’s name
. Eyes movement- From side to side
. Smell Rosemary (Never heard of this before though)
. Exercises for brain
. Stop discounting your mental abilities
. Say it aloud
. Deep breaths
. Flash cards
. Get organized
. Physical exercise
. Control stress
. Proper diet
. Sleep well
This is not an article but a huge brain training resource. Lumosity is the industry’s trusted source as far brain training is concerned. They have a members base of around 50 million from around 182 countries. They collaborate with 36 top universities across the world for cognitive research and also designs brain games.
Things that you can take advantages of at Lumosity:
. A personal trainer
. More than 40 scientific games that help to improve your cognitive skills
Their training methods and games target memory improvement, attention, processing information speedily, flexibility and also problem solving skills. Their free tests will try and analyze in which area you need improvement and suggest tools and products targeting those areas. Check out their free resources and also what products they have to offer.
This is one big free resource for ‘challenging memory improvement games’. Playing these free brain games can trigger mental activity and allow your brain juices to flow. Brainmetrix is a virtual gym for mental exercises which will help to develop your brain muscles. Some of the memory games you can play here are
. 8 Queens . Arrange game . Brain Fitness . Brain Reflection . Chess Game . Chess Knight . Cognitive training . Color game . Concentration game . IQ Definition .IQ Test . Intelligence Definition . Math problems . Memory game . Memory test . Reflex test . Rubik’s cube . Silver Sphere . Spacial intelligence . Sudoku . Tower of Hanoi
A whole lot of brain exercises. A word of caution. These games can be very addictive. So do not over do them. Keep your brain lubricated and do let it fall apart because of over exertion.
We want our memory to be working at par while we are at work. If our memory fails at our work place, it can adversely affect your personal and professional life. So how to boost your memory at work? Dr Vicki Culpin, dean of Faculty and director of Research at the Ashridge Business School has few pearls of advice:
. Reduce stress
. Sleep well
. Do one thing at a time (Reduce multitasking)
. Quick rehearse
. Information grouping
. Create clusters of information
. Add meaning
. Be attentive
. Illogical mental pictures
. Get the context in place
At work place, you need to be at your 110% and being a person with a great memory can really give you an edge and you can become the ‘go-to person’.
Meditation can calm your mind and also help to improve your concentration and memory power. Science has made great strides and it is a proven fact that meditation can change the physical structure of the brain remarkably, bringing about improved attention span. So what else meditation can do?
. Regular meditation thickens the brain’s cerebral cortex
. ‘Mindfulness’ (Buddist practice)
Mind maps are great tools for recording and organizing large amount of information,visually. Mind maps will get your creativity juices flowing, helping your remember better and solve problems more efficiently. Once you have a central idea, you can add branches of related ideas to it. These branches can run several levels. There are quite a few free online resources which enable your create your own mind maps. Best thing is to a take a pencil and a pad and jot down your thoughts around a central idea in your own creative way. Make it as visual as possible. Mind maps can greatly help in brainstorming sessions too.
Also known as maidenhair tree, ginkgo biloba is one the oldest tree species on earth. This tree can grow more than 130 feet and can survive for more than thousand years. This article mentions “The plant has a number of therapeutic properties and contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, these are antioxidants that provide protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals“. Taking ginkgo can benefit people with dementia, research indicates.
Ginkgo can benefit in
. Improved memory and thinking
Is it possible to improve and enhance your memory with supplements? Yes. Scientists are relentlessly working to invent drugs and supplements which can slow memory loss, courtesy old age. They have been successful to some extent but the full potential of these drugs is yet to be discovered with further research and development.
Some of the memory supplements worthy of discussion are
. Omega-3 fatty acid
. Huperzine A
. Vitamin E
. Asian (or Panax) ginseng
A word of caution-Before you get your hands on any of these memory boosting supplements, it is better to seek expert advice, maybe from your local doctor or physician.
Like I mentioned earlier, old age comes with lot of attached side effects and one among them is memory lapse. But research says there are ways to work around this memory erosion. Neuroplasticity is one answer to this where adult brains are able to re-build neural networks. Jancee Dunn who writes on Health.com has few pointers which helped her to revive her memory powers
. Brain games
. Right foods
. Say ‘no’ to multitasking
. Learn and master a new skill
. Adequate sleep
. Mnemonic devices
. Physical exercise
Memory improvement books provide in-depth guidance and also brain exercises that you can practice and master over a period of time. I have read and re-read Harry Loryane’s “How to develop a super power memory“. But there are several memory champions and experts and they have written great books with practical advice. Here are 15 books (not limited to) that you can buy from Amazon.com and read
. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
. The Better Brain Book: The Best Tool for Improving Memory and Sharpness and Preventing Aging of the Brain by David Perlmutter and Carol Colman
. The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas
. Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory by Neal Barnard
. The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony With Your Brain by Terry Doyle, Todd Zakrajsek and Jeannie H. Loeb
. Boost Your Brain: The New Art and Science Behind Enhanced Brain Performance by Majid Fotuhi and Christina Breda Antoniades
. Younger Brain, Sharper Mind: A 6-Step Plan for Preserving and Improving Memory and Attention at Any Age from America’s… by Eric R. Braverman
. Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life by John B. Arden
. The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped Potential by Tony Buzan and Barry Buzan
. Memory by Alan Baddeley, Michael W. Eysenck and Michael C. Anderson
. Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power by Dan Hurley
. Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness by Lawrence Katz, Manning Rubin and Gary Small
. Memory Improvement: How To Improve Your Memory In Just 30 Days by Ron White
. Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain’s Maximum Potential by Daniel G. Amen
Even though books are not a thing-of-past, most of us like to read and play on our ultra-modern electronic gadgets like Tabs and touch phones.You will also get copies of e-books for the titles mentioned above. Among youth these days, mobile applications prevalent. These apps can be easily downloaded and can be used anywhere, even on the go. So what are ten apps for iphone (I am sure there are android options available too) that will help you to boost your brain functions?
. Brain Bomb- Improve memory and lateral thinking skills
. Math Vs Brain – Maths to stimulate your brains
. Clockwork Brain – Challenging fun puzzles
. Brain Games 2 – Boost your logical thinking skills
. Charge Your Brain HD – Image recognition, Logical thinking
. 10Plus – Improve your ability to count and add
. Lumosity Brain Trainer – Widely used across the world
. Brain Fitness Pro – “Boot camp for brain”
. Brain Power | AmbiScience™ • Binaural & Isochronic Ambient Mind Utility – Meditation and relaxation
. Brain Challenge™ – Memory and focus Training
Most of the times we attribute memory lapse or loss to old age but there are other reasons like drugs, alcohol, depression, accidents, stress and stroke which can cause sudden or gradual loss of memory. But this situation can be handled with certain natural herbs :
. Gingko Biloba . Ginseng . Rosemary . Sage . Green tea . Rhodiola Rosea . Bacopa . Gotu Kola . Periwinkle . Blueberries
I have always been fascinated with the concept of developing a photographic memory. But it seems photographic memory is just a myth and existence of it has never been proved. Read more on this in the above article.
10 Videos to help you to improve your memory power:
1. Top 5 Brain Health Foods for Increased Memory, Concentration & Attention Span!
2. Secrets of The Human Brain (Full Documentary)
3. 17 Tips to Improve Memory, Enhance Ability to Concentrate, and Rejuvenation Brain Chemisty (Part 1)
4. 17 Tips to Improve Memory, Enhance Ability to Concentrate, and Rejuvenation Brain Chemisty (Part 2)
5. Doubling Your Brain Power (Part 1 of 4) – The Super Consciousness
6. Doubling Your Brain Power (Part 2 of 4) – The Super Consciousness
7. Doubling Your Brain Power (Part 3 of 4) – The Super Consciousness
8. Doubling Your Brain Power (Part 4 of 4) – The Super Consciousness
9. Harry Lorayne – The Secret of Having a Good Memory – interview – Goldstein on Gelt – Dec. 2010
10. MEMORY: How to Develop, Train and Use It by William Walker Atkinson
Like Harry Lorayne says ” there is nothing called bad memory; it is either a trained or an untrained memory”. So stop discounting your mental abilities and capabilities. Make an effort to consciously remember something, pay attention and observe. These simple things can improve your memory drastically. And if you want to perform memory feats like Harry Lorayne, then take formal training or buy couple of books mentioned above. Things wont change overnight but with persistence and practice, you can master your memory!
Have I missed any important aspect of memory improvement? Please let me know in comments.