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Memory and Learning Improvement Tips

Updated on August 24, 2012

Authors note: Atheists be advised. This article contains several references to God and intelligent design. If you may be offended, now is the time to stop reading. If you continue, respect others right to freedom of religion and speech. Refrain from posting disparaging remarks. They will be deleted.

The human brain has been likened by some to a computer. In some respects there may be similarities, but on the whole it’s not a good comparison. That’s especially true when it comes to learning and memory. As an example, when a computer crashes all information stored on the hard drive can be erased. Not so with the brain.

God created man with a brain where parts containing information for bodily functions and memory were located in various locations. This intelligent design was intended to keep a traumatic injury to one area of the cranium from wiping out the entire organ. Fortunately, the old saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” simply doesn’t apply here. It has an incredible ability to reshape itself…the technical term being neuroplasticity.

The brain can learn new information and improve its capacity to memorize. But, there’s a catch, mental performance depends on the health and vitality of the brain. There are other factors affecting it that can cause it not to operate efficiently. Stress, depression, diet and exercise are a few examples. In a nutshell, the rest of the body has to be maintained as well with a healthy diet and wholesome living habits. Following are some tips to accomplish this.

· Get adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation can stifle creativity, problem-solving abilities and critical thinking skills. Key memory-enhancing activities also occur during deep sleep.

· Physical exercise: Exercise increases oxygen to the brain and reduces the risk of contracting conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can contribute to memory loss.

· Make friends and have fun: Countless studies show friends and having a good time has cognitive benefits. Relationships stimulate the brain and slows memory loss. Many experts consider a healthy social life one of the best brain exercises. It’s also vital for emotional health.

· Laugh: Laughter, unlike emotional responses limited to specific areas of the brain, engages multiple regions across the brain. It activates areas of the brain vital to learning and creativity.

· Avoid stress: Chronic stress can destroy brain cells and damage the hippocampus. This is the region involved in formation of new memories and retrieving old ones.

· Control depression: Depression takes a heavy toll on the brain making it difficult to concentrate, make decisions and remember things.

· Meditate: Studies show meditation helps improve many conditions, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, diabetes and high blood pressure to name a few. Meditation also improves concentration, creativity and reasoning skills.

· Diet: A diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and “healthy” fats provides many health benefits, but can also improve memory. Omega 3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial.

· Limit calories and saturated fats: Diets high in saturated fat increase risks of dementia, impairs concentration and memory.

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      John Young 

      5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Hey, where am I? What day is this...and who are all of you people?

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      Mary Kelly Godley 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      Sound advice. My short term memory is very bad these days. I am going to follow some of your tips and fingers crossed it will help. Like you say my diet is definitely open to improvement and stress, depression and life have all played a role in diminishing my brain capacity in recent years. Voted up.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Awesome and up, John. All the info within rings truth. You dod a great job on this piece.

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      Deborah 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Jay, I forgot why I came here? LOL. Great hub, very interesting on memory. My memory ain't what it used to be, but I guess I have to start exercising it. Thanks for the very useful information!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent hub. I have the worse time remembering names, and I can remember their faces, but it takes a while for their names to pop back in my memory. I love, love, love your opening line here!!! Awesome. Say it Brother. Very insightful hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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