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How Memory Works

How MEMORY works Our memories give us a sense of self and make us who we are. However, our memories are more than just files in a filing cabinet. While your first day at school may seem like a single memory, it's actually a complex construction of multiple memories that span your brain. Here's a look at how your memory works and how you can improve it: OVERVIEW There are three stages to making and recalling a memory: encoding, storage and retrieval of information. Frontal Lobes Working and prospective memory Frontal Cortex Spacial, navigation and declarative learning & memory Cerebellum Procedural memory Amygdala Emotional Learning Basal Ganglia Implicit memory Temporal Lobes Autobiographical Mammillary Body Recognition Memory memory Hippocampus Spacial, navigation and declarative learning & memory Most of memories are created by visual, acoustic and semantic encoding. THE MEMORY PROCESS A memory will only be made if you're paying attention. Brain cells work together in a network to process information. When one cell sends signals to another, the connection between them grows. ENCODING Sensory Memory A memory is first perceived by the senses. Perception During this process, the info is saved in The hippocampus receives this info, and along with the frontal cortex determines if it's your sensory memory. STORAGE The more you practice or remember something, the stronger the connection gets, and the easier it is to worth remembering. remember. A memory can also be stored in Repetition your short-term or long-term memory. Forgetting RETRIEVAL It's usually done unconsciously, and is dependent on how effectively it was Retention and retrieval failure is Recall most often remembered. caused by distractions as well as: Trouble retrieving the memory. Not remembering the information clearly. With each new experience, Failure to your brain rewires and reorganizes itself slightly. retain the information. COMMON CAUSES OF MEMORY LOSS Memory loss can occur in words and thought patterns, and can also be present physically with the loss of motor memory. Memory loss is not always complete, sometimes failing to remember only a selected group of items. Impaired Concentration Disease Aging Intoxication Medication Trauma 4 GOOD WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY FOOD ACTIVITIES Matcha (Green Tea) Coffee Listen To Learn New Engagement in Life & Surroundings Music Information Grass-Fed Beef Wild Salmon Quick Mental Exercises Blueberries & Acai Berries Cacao Beans Puzzle Games Greek Yogurt Quinoa HEALTHY BALANCED LIFESTYLE Stimulate 5 Senses Eggs Get Solid Rest Take Up New Sports & Hobbies EXERCISE Regular Physical Activity Short Walk Breaks High-powered brain foods provide sustained energy, thus they typically include complex carbohydrates, fiber, lean protein, and some fat. Brain foods also power your entire body, including the heart and vascular system, meaning they are low in cholesterol and saturated fat, high in omega-3 fatty acids and minimally processed. HOW TO APPLY THAT KNOWLEDGE While memory tends to lapse with age, stress or poor health, there are ways to improve it through various strategies, mental exercises, and use of your surroundings. HE Drink In Moderation Alcohol effects the brain Keep Moving Exercise helps to keep the brain and body healthy Visualisation & Association cells and their ability to function Attach images to words to assist in recall by linking to things already familiar A C Chunking Break things down into smaller parts making them easier to remember Name Games Method of Loci Repeat names back after hearing them to help long-term recall Using locations or sequencing to remember things Pay Attention Solid encoding requires proper focus and attention to surroundings and actions. Practice & Repetition Repetition of electrical patterns in the brain creates stronger memories and faster recall. Environment Use or manipulate your surroundings to assist in recall and provide visual stimulation and cues. SOURCES: ONLINE COLLEGES,,,,,,,,

How Memory Works

shared by kcatoto on Jan 24
Just in case you forgot, our memories are an integral part of our lives and experiences, and enrich our existence. They let us remember “the good old days,” the incredible times spent with family ...


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