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How Do You Improve Your Memory

Updated on March 26, 2012

Improving Your Memory


Improving your memory may seem like an incredibly daunting prospect; especially because many people believe that memory loss is a natural process of getting older. In part, it is a natural process but not for the reasons most people think. There are many methods that you can use in order to improve your memory but it will take some daily dedication on your part.

People tend to think their memory decreases with age because they find themselves forgetting things as time goes on and may not even remember what they ate for breakfast. The fact is that people spend most of their young lives in formal education that involves constant mental stress and preparation. Most people continue this education until high school or college, and then stop in order to join the work force. They will be stressed until they reach a point where they are comfortable in their career or job, and then are not stretching their minds as much. The attention level becomes very relaxed and the proper amount of focus is not paid to normal everyday events, which helps to reduce memory loss.

Long Term Memory


On average it takes approximately eight seconds for a short term memory to get transferred into long term memory, and that requires eight seconds of focus and concentration. Most people do not spend that long on normal everyday events because life today is so busy and fast. They are constantly thinking about the next event or task, and do not spend the time required that it takes to process a memory.

How do you improve your memory? There are many methods that you can use to improve your memory, including repetition to ingrain an event into your brain. If you meet a new person it may help you to remember their name if you repeat it a couple of times immediately upon hearing it, and also possibly trying to connect it to an event or memory from your past. If they look like someone you know, or their name is similar to another person, then you can use it to better remember it.

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When trying to remember something as simple as a grocery list, repeat the items on the list several times in the car when driving to the store and you should find much better retention when you get there. There is something about repeating the words aloud that helps the memory become impressed into your long term memory. If that memory never gets into the long term section of your brain, then it can be difficult to remember simple events or tasks such as what you had for breakfast.

Relating a story or tale that is already in your long term memory to a new experience or event can also help cement it into your mind so that you will remember it. There are also many great online courses or eBooks that you can look at or study in order to really help you improve your memory. Improving your memory will take constant and daily changes in your life that may seem uncomfortable at first, but you will get used to them fairly quickly. It takes about 21 days before something to become a habit, but you’ll find that it is well worth the effort.

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