Memory Improvement Tips &Tricks:How to Increase Brain Power Naturally

Today I am nothing but the memory of yesterday. Our mind is an extremely complex system and it has tremendous power to process information, much more than modern day's super computers.Everyday we learn something new about our mind and brain, and it is apparent that to gain full understating of our mind and brain we need to promote more and more research in the field of neurology. As you know that without a fully functional memory our mind cannot perform even a simple task.Human brain has the capacity to temporarily shut down the memory, both permanent and temporary, when it experience highly emotional or traumatic event, which is the initial response of our brain to absorb the shock by refusing to accept it. It also happens when our mind try to deny the reality which is not aligned with the our previous experiences and beliefs. You might have noticed that how our mind play tricks with us when we try to remember a person’s name; our mind get flooded with names and all seems to be real name of that person. I guess you have already understood the importance of an accurate and retentive memory which can become more stronger with some memory exercises.

The key to have a retentive memory is to increase our ability to move our experiences from our short-term memory into our long-term memory. Basically, our memory function based on five laws and those are:

Association – We always remember events or experiences that are associated with other similar events or things more than activities that are not associated with anything. For instance, you remember your computer password because it is the same as your last six digits of your phone number.

Images– Humans memories are recorded as images. Al most all of us learn to recall things much easier when we think in pictures or images.

Recency – Our ability to recall any events continue to diminish over time. That’s why experiences that happened long back are not that vivid to our mind in comparison to the events of the recent events. Its not that we forget the memory of past events slowly, it’s our ability to recall past diminish over time unless we take some action to recall it accurately.

Repetition–The more we repeat or experience any memory , the better it is stored in our long term memory for recalling.

Intensity– The more intense or vivid an experience is, the more likely we are to remember it. I can remember where I was at 911 and what I was doing at 911 but not what happened the day after 911.

Association

The more association you make between the new information you learn everyday and the objects you are already familiar with, the better chance that memory will be stored as a long-term memory in your brain. Association can be made through analogies, metaphors, or examples using compare and contrast. For example, if you can not remember a name make an association with the name with any attribute of that person like if the name is Jessie( who is a dentist ) and you can make a association like “Jessie is a dentist” and repeat it in your brain for a several times or you can try to visualize his face with his name also.

Playing games boost your memory

Playing cards is a wonderful way to exercise your mind and to boost your memory.There are so many card games that are fun and easy to play to increase your biological computing power and memory. For boosting your memory you can play games like Poker ,Rummy, Go Fish, Bridge, Hearts etc.


Improve your memory by learning new language

One of the fundamentals steps in learning a new language is committing the basic words to memory. Most of us know how to say hello and goodbye in French and perhaps even in Spanish.We know all these common words not because we learned how to read those words, but instead we heard them and committed them to memory. It's simply a great way to not only learn something new and interesting but it gives you a chance to boost your memory as well.


Music can boost your memory

The ability to play a musical instrument whether it's the guitar, the drums or the piano is a great talent and beyond that a wonderful way to work on developing a strong memory.One of the first steps to playing almost any musical instrument is to learn how to read music and commit in your brain, which works as memory boosting tonic.

Cooking can be a cure To Memory Loss

For many people cooking involves reading a recipe, gathering the ingredients and following the directions. That's a wonderful way of making certain that what you cook will be edible. It is however a great way to refresh your memory back to a place it was years earlier.

Healing music

Making a silly and funny song about people who have offended you is a great exercise to your memory.

Repetition

Repetition is the most important factor to every memory exercise. Try to enact the actions you normally do to every other time. For instance put your purse in the same place when you return home, no matter how tired you are.

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Memory improving herbs

Using herbs for memory improvement has long been practiced around the world. Egyptians, American Indians, Orientals and Greeks have all practiced the herb therapy for enhancing mind. Various spicy food help in increasing cognitive functions of the brain.You can use Turmeric, Cinnamon and Ginger to improve your memory, most of these spices are available in supermarket. There is an ingredient in Turmeric name curcumin , which helps in memory improvement. Just by smelling Cinnamon, enhances your cognitive function by lifting up your mood. Ginger contains Zingerrone that helps in defending the neurons in the brain resulting in memory improvement.

Caffeine helps to boot memory

Though many have negative impression about the consequences of consuming tea, coffee and chocolate, the truth is caffeine found in coffee work as a stimulant for our brain and memory can retain more information.

Vitamin B prevents memory loss

There have been studies that suggest that if a person has lower levels of some of the BVitamins that they may be more prone to developing Alzheimer's disease. Vitamin B intake not only help you to boost your memory but will help you prevent Alzheimer disease .

Note: Fresh water fishes like tuna and Salmon, Cod-liver oil, has Omega 3 fatty acids and are good for various cognitive functions. Vegetarian food like Flaxseed and walnut also has Omega 3 fatty acids. Folic acids and vitamin B deficiencies could be conquered by supplements available for the same.

Note: With over 100 billion neurons, your brain produces about 100 Watts of raw energy. The mind literally has a life of its own. And like your other muscles, the more you use it, the bigger it gets, the better it works.

Note: Cod-liver oil is rich with Omega 3 fat helping in better faster growth of brain. Much research has proved that young children who are given cod liver oil almost on daily basis, manifest better memory and an active body.

Tip on Power Memory– Immediately associate what you are trying to move to long-term memory with an image or picture that is intense, larger-than-life, weird, silly or shocking and then visually repeat the association in your mind several times.


Using the following important tips you can really stretch your memory power.

1. Take notes by hand: Taking notes by hand instead of typing them, will help you retain the information more effectively

2. Use the linking method: Link items into a memorable story to easily recall them later.

3. Talking to people: Talking to others for just a few minutes can improve your memory and test performance.

4. Remembering automatic task: When you turn off the oven or unplug the iron, say out loud, "oven is off," and you’ll better remember it.

5. Remember why you went somewhere: If you forget why you went into a room, mentally or physically retrace your steps to go back to where you thought about it.

6. Move your eyes: Everyday you can move your eyes from side to side for 30 seconds ,it improves communication between the two hemispheres of your brain.


A good retentive memory is dependent on a few things like attention, storage and retrieval. If any one of these systems is not working properly, you are likely to have memory difficulties. You can try out the tips provided in this hub on a regular basis to enhance your memory storage and it’s recalling capabilities.

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Wow Dr Andromida - these are very useful tips. You know sometimes I go into a room and forget why I went in the room, so have to go back to see if I can remember.

Let me make you laugh a bit; A few years ago, I was extremely busy at work. Someone asked me my name and honestly, Andromida, I couldn't remember. lol Took me a few minutes. Honestly, I was thinking - "what's my name".

Also, when I was in University sitting an exam, I couldn't remember how to spell "with". Can you imagine - simple word "with". My memory just went.

Anyway, thanks for the Tips - will try a few of them.


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andromida 7 years ago Author

That was really funny.How did you forget your own name..loool...Once I saw my younger brother memorizing my father's name.lool..I could not believe my own eyes how can a son forget his father's name,though he was very very young that time.Remembering was really a problem for me when I was doing my bachelor degree.In the first year Physics exam, studied and prepared very well,when I started to write suddenly I found that I don't remember anything.It was really shocking to me,now I understand perhaps for some reason my recalling system collapsed totally.That day I could not write even half a page.Finally I tried to submit my paper,but my examiner told me that to stay at least 30 minutes in the exam hall before I submit my paper.

Thanks lady_E for sharing your story.


R.G. San Ramon 7 years ago

Ooo. This hub is simple, and a lot of the tips are quite true, at least to this date. Though you forgot to include something.

A very important factor for improving memory is proper sleep. Yes, I remember reading about one experiment showing that people remember more when they get past the REM sleep (that stage where your eyes move as if watching a film when you sleep). So, if you did not get PROPER sleep the night before an exam, surely you will remember barely of what you should. Yet of course, sleeping without studying won't do much good also. :P


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andromida 7 years ago Author

Thanks R.G Ramon for adding this important tip.Hm.that's why I am thinking despite following all the tips why I just can't remember anthing.lol.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

What an awesome helpful hub, andromida! Thank you for helping me with remembering things. Word association and the ingestion of fish (salmon, tuna, flaxseed) and Vitamin B to prevent memory loss, the utilization of cinnamon and ginger are some of my favorites. Thank you.


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marcofratelli 6 years ago from Australia

I agree, a very helpful hub! I have a lot of tuna and Berocca every now and then (which is mainly the B group vitamins). Um... forgot what i was going to say next... :)


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andromida 6 years ago Author

Thanks Dohn121.I am trying to remember what i read, more accurately,though i forget most of the things i learn.but now a days recalling precisely is very important for the current nature of my job,that's the reason for writing this hub.thanks once again for your support.


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andromida 6 years ago Author

marcofratelli,thanks for stopping by.I am really jealous of your sharp memory:)


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jim10 6 years ago from ma

I gotta try some of these. My wife is always complaining that I forgot to do something.


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andromida 6 years ago Author

Thanks Jim.I am also trying some of the tips specially word association,and I found it works well.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Andromida,

This is a wonderful hub with great tips!

I am going to try these suggestions. I am all for

improving; especially my memory! Thank you for sharing.

Blessings!


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andromida 6 years ago Author

Thanks Deborrah for stopping by,still I am trying all these memory improvement techniques;)


masmasika 6 years ago

Hi, these are great tips especially to older women just like me. I'll try some of these tips. Thanks for sharing.


scheng1 6 years ago

Another effective way is to make use of our emotions, since we tend to remember those people who make us angry!


i just got these tips.I'll avail myself of the opportunity and get back to state if it has worked for me.  6 years ago

I just got the tips.I'll myself of the opportunity and get back to you to state if they have wor ked for me.thanks


Scarlett Rowlands 6 years ago

This is wonderful! Thank you for this hub!


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Isabelle22 6 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

Really great read. My memory is just the pits so I welcomed all the info I can get lol.


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andromida 6 years ago Author

Thanks Isabelle for stopping by.:)


MANOJ 6 years ago

The tips are very useful. All are faceing the same problem memmory loss. So use the tips and enjoy the life.


garvit  6 years ago

these...are good tipzz..

to enhancing memory power..!!!

andromida..i luv u..marry me plz...


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andromida 6 years ago Author

@Manoj-thanks a lot.

@garvit-How is life in Punjab.thank you so much.


Prakash shah 6 years ago

2 get tips 4 memory increase


Mary 5 years ago

I have a terrible memory. Even when I was in school. I am trying to remember (memorize) The picking pattern of a certain song. I do it over and over. I take it slow, one or two measures at a time. Next time I set down to do It I have to look at the music. It has taken me about 2 weeks to memorize one line. Thanks for the tips.


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andromida 5 years ago Author

@ Prakash -Thnak you :)

@Mary-Sometimes you may try to repeat the things you learn in your brain when go to bed-that really helps to remember things.Thanks :)


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mathan42 5 years ago

great work andromida...nice info on herbs for improving memory...keep up the good work...check out my hub at http://hubpages.com/t/1b9a20


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LaraMyers 5 years ago

I had Lyme disease & it effected my memory, where my short term memory is completely compromised. (The Lyme bacteria attack your central nervous system).

Now I'm getting back on my feet and in school again at the age of 41.

My short term memory issues were a huge concern, but learning tricks like this has really helped me. I'm on the An honor roll & while I might have to work a little harder than the younger students, I believe I can totally do this now ~ thanks to your information & similar sites. Thanks so much for this!

*happy smiles*


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andromida 5 years ago Author

Thanks a lot Lara for your feedback.I am glad that once again you are back in school.


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glovs0 5 years ago from Chicago Area

Interesting tips. I have always used Turmeric for health. The memory help it provides is an added bonus.


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andromida 5 years ago Author

@glovs0-Improved memory is always plus for anyone irrespective of what the profession of that person.Thanks for great feedback.


Abhijit Ashri 5 years ago

thanks Andromida, I'm a student and tips given to me like these will surely be helpful to me in my better future... thanks again


Omes 5 years ago

These tips are good. Nice work.


Divine 5 years ago

I couldn't believe what's happening to me when suddenly i realize when i am listening i don't retain, i was having my ccnp training and i couldn't retain a thing!, i ask myself what the F..K! is happening to me. I made some analysis on myself and realize i don't sleep much and eats little, I'll do my best to follow your advice, not being able to retain and recall is frustrating!,tuna,salmon,enough sleep! here i come


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andromida 5 years ago Author

Thanks Divine.I also faced the same problem when I used to be in a stressed situation during my early college days>Now, I cam remember things little better, I guess :)


tilak kumar 5 years ago

i have got tips from this hub and i also have been successful from these tips thank you


Israel Aniekwe. 5 years ago

Thanks doctor. Am hapy dat som 1 lik u exists on Earth. I wil do as u said and i bliv i dat my brain wil b the most retentiv 1 on earth.


kit1897 5 years ago

I am wondering... Wonderig what? what am. I suppose to say?aah i foorgot... Umm thanks for the tip andromida


Buchi 4 years ago

Thanks, these are very good tips for me cuz I forget things easily..but this doesn't make me feel as bad as when I study so hard to get good grades and be recognised as one of the most brilliant students at school but still be seen as an average student becuz I forget stuffs I've read easily....nywaiz thanks for the tips I'm going to use them, thanks once again and stay blessed;-)


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andromida 4 years ago Author

@tilak kumar@Israel Aniekwe @kit1897: thank you so much.Aniekewe you are real funny.

@Buchi:There is no such thing as brilliant student.Getting a good grade or making some substantial amount of money is not related to being brilliant.Thank you so much and good luck :)


Saroj 4 years ago

Just i forget even to hav break fast, practicle note, sometime cell phone and forget in few minute that my brother is calling but i can remember hard code and password


lawal Ismail sokoto 4 years ago

Ifind it very easy to remember what i read by:


Yaovi-Egbor Ablorde Divine 4 years ago

Can you please do we your readers a favour by grouping the message under topics


MD NAZRUL ISLAM 4 years ago

may be fish oil work for brine ! memory improvement tips and tricks-how to memorize fast-Memorization Tips and Techniques


precious 4 years ago

Wow even to write my name now l was not sure but l got right.l 'll try this tip cuz l hardly pass my exams from primary to higer lnstution. Thanks for u 've proved me intelligent with this tips.


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david 4 years ago

intake of enough sugar will give enough energy to the brain nd eat sea foods to improve ur memory


salama adamu 4 years ago

its jst exciting coming dis way,Gus job.


abs222 4 years ago

all well and good for the a normal person, wot if i had G6PD ??? already taking 600 mg B6,800 mg E, Folic Acid etc atc and that's just to get up in the morning !! plz advise, if is not too much bother an email would be brilliant !! absz@ymail.com THX


lipika 3 years ago

nyc.......really


rajkumar 3 years ago

these tips are very useful for allover pupils, please tell how to improve memory for students? this is humble request sir.


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andromida 3 years ago Author

Two simple things: associate and repeat what you learn.If you are trying to learn a theory or a new subject write it on your own words and make a mind map of it.See the mind-map of what you learn in your mind. Thank you.


needforhealth.wordpress.com 3 years ago

Well written and nicely presented .


nitu 3 years ago

what is the reason why we forget the lessons in the exams which we have learnt many times


hafsa khalid 2 years ago

plz told me how i can make my brain fast in two days. . . . ..


ramsha malik 2 years ago

thanks for the wonderfull hub i really like it now i,ll try these suggestion very fast


nandita 2 years ago

pls tellme some tonic to increase memmory

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