Unlock Memories of Your Past

Would you like to unlock memories of your past? Marilu Henner has recently come out with a new book entitled Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Transform Your Future. What makes this book particularly significant is that she has HSAM, Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, a rare ability to remember nearly every event in her life.

In her book, she discusses her memory, and more importantly shares tips and exercises for unlocking your own autobiographical memory.  She helps readers create connections between their past memories, their present lives, and the futures they’re looking to create.

Unlock Memories of Your Past

Here is what people are saying about this great book.

“This book exceeded my expectations. Using Marilu’s analogy of queuing up scenes on a DVD I found that memories began filling in with surprising detail.”

- Beth Guiliano

“I have been fascinated by Marilu’s memory since I saw 60 Minutes. But I had no idea she would write such a thoughtful and well researched book! An easy book to read, it bursts with ideas about life and memory that is refreshing and fun, and provocative.”

- Bill

Using the techniques in Total Memory Makeover with your senses, learning style, and significant events in your life, a person can improve their memory skills and learn about themselves. Essentially, I view everything that we have as a gift. Marilu’s book is an excellent guide to using and developing your memory as a gift to yourself.

- Frank Healy

Learn more about this great book at Amazon.com


How Do I Remember Better?

Why do I forget things and how do I remember better? Our friends at Memrise (the free online learning community for languages, art history, cheese, and so much more) use brain science to help folks just like you learn and retain all sorts of information. It’s good to be aware of why you forget something in order to help yourself find [Read more...]

How to Remember Your List of Errands

Looking for tips on how to remember your list of errands? If you’ve ever forgotten to drop off some clothes at the dry cleaners or to pick the kids up from school on time, or inadvertently left the grocery coupons on the kitchen table, you’re sure to find an idea or two below you can use. Our friends at Homemakers Daily have obviously been there, done that.

How to Remember Your List of Errands

Have you tried some of these tips on how to remember your list of errands?

… here are some practical things you can do to help yourself remember:

  • Use timers. If you have a short time before you have to do something, use your kitchen timer. I use mine to help me remember to switch the laundry. I use it to remind me when I have to leave for an appointment. The closer it gets to time to leave, the more apt I am to forget. So I set the timer to remind me I need to leave.
  • Use the reminders/alarms on your cell phone.
  • Put post-it notes in strategic places. My daughter was over the other day and I wanted her to take home her doll cradle and her sewing machine. I forgot the week before so I wrote a post-it note and put it on the front door. When I worked full-time, we used to order lunch every week. Sometimes I ordered extra for my husband’s lunch the next day. But I almost always forgot to go to the kitchen and get it before I went home. So I started putting a post-it note on my keys. I never left work without my keys, so when I reached for them, the note was there reminding me to grab the food. Worked like a charm. I also put post-it notes on my steering wheel, my laptop, my debit card, my phone, my purse, the outside of my planner when it’s closed – you name it.

For the entire list of tips, go here.

This is  great list of ideas on how to remember your list of errands. When I’m at home, I use the timer on my oven. I’m also a lover of sticky notes and I put them everywhere — the front door, the kitchen cupboards, the bathroom mirror — even on the dashboard of my car.

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Exercises for Working Memory

Brain teasers never go out of style — and never get old. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend when hanging out with friends, try these exercises for working memory from Harriett Vines, Ph.D. retired college professor.

Exercises for Working Memory

try some exercises for working memory this weekend when hanging with friends

3. Find the sum of your date of birth, mm/dd/yyyy. Want more exer­cise? Do the same with friends’ and rel­a­tives’ date of birth.

4. Name two objects for every let­ter in your com­plete name. Work up to five objects, try­ing to use dif­fer­ent items each time.

5. Wher­ever you are, look around and within two min­utes, try to find 5 red things that will fit in your pocket, and 5 blue objects that are too big to fit.

For #1 and #2 on the list, go  here.

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How to Prevent Tip of the Tongue Phenomenon

It happens to all of us and it’s frustrating — tip of the tongue phenomenon — the phrase used to describe what happens when we can’t seem to pull a word from our memory yet we know it’s there. Since it seems to occur more often as we age, it will be less of a frustration if we learn how to prevent tip of the tongue phenomenon. There are a few things we can do to minimize memory decline.

How to Prevent Tip of the Tongue Phenomenon

“People seem to expect that as soon as we start to need reading glasses, we should also expect some of these cognitive issues to arise, but it does not need to be that way,” says Naples, Florida-based Neurology Doctor David Perlmutter, co-author of Power up Your Brain. “You can absolutely do things early on in life and throughout your lifetime that work to maintain the bulk and function of the brain.”

Here’s how:

Stay lean.It may seem counterintuitive, but mounting evidence suggests that in order to grow a bigger brain, many of us should be eating less. “The key to the brain maintaining and even regenerating itself is the activation of a set of genes that code for a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),” explains Perlmutter. “BDNF is significantly enhanced in people that simply cut down their calorie consumption.”

Wondering how to prevent tip of the tongue phenomenon? Eat a brain building diet.

Several animal and human studies support this conclusion. One 2009 study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, divided 50 men and women age 50
and older into three groups that slashed calorie intake by 20 percent, 30 percent and not at all. After three months, the groups that restricted their calories saw their verbal memory scores jump by more than 20 percent.

Perlmutter notes that just being overweight in the prime of life can promote excess inflammation and free radical production—two enemies of a healthy brain. A 2005 study of 10,000 men and women conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente found that people that were obese in their early 40s had a 74 percent increased risk of developing dementia later in life. “Just a 25 percent reduction in calories over one month’s time can have a profound effect on boosting memory,” Perlmutter notes.

Eat a brain-building diet. Aside from cutting calories, experts say it’s critical to load up on foods that boost neurogenesis (the development of new brain cells) and stall brain atrophy. Eating more fish (or omega-3 supplements), adding fruits and vegetables and cutting back on refined carbohydrates do just that, advises Dr. Christiane Northrup, obstetrician, gynecologist and author of Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom. “The brain is mostly made up of omega-3 fats, and many women, in particular, are lacking them in their diet,” she observes.

Perlmutter notes that supplementing one’s intake of omega-3 fatty acid DHA, present in fatty fish and marine algae, has been shown to switch on the genes that jumpstart BDNF production. DHA is also anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy blood flow to the brain. But people shouldn’t wait too long to load up on it.

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How to Memorize a Poem in One Day

If your child’s teacher has given out an English assignment for tomorrow that involves learning and reciting a poem in front of the class, s/he may frantically be worrying about how to memorize a poem in one day. You can offer the same advice as our knowledge friends at [Read more...]

What is the Connection Between Memory and Music in Seniors?

What is the connection between memory and music in seniors? In addition to putting people in a positive frame of mind, music can do so much more. Don’t just listen or sing along to music. Learn a new instrument. Read the article below to find out why.

What is the Connection Between Memory and Music in Seniors?

Scientific research has linked the process of learning an instrument or the study of music to real-time stimulation of specific areas in the brain. To get to the point, playing instruments and learning music helps keep a sharp memory.

What is the connection between memory and music for seniors?

What is the connection between memory and music for seniors?

This, interestingly, leads to more benefits. Enriching the parts of the brain associated with memory also have positive impacts on preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s as well as fending off some forms of dementia, which seniors are more prone to procuring.

If you’re interested in reading about the other benefits of learning a musical instrument, go here.

As well as improving memory in seniors, learning to play a musical instrument appears to improve hearing, coordination, and eyesight, as well as create positive uplifting feelings. What do you think of this post on “What is the connection between memory and music in seniors?” Share your comments below.

How to Remember Details Better

For people in a sales position, such as real estate agents, insurance brokers, and car salesmen, knowing how to remember details better is a key part of developing trusting relationships with prospects and existing clients. Remembering details about a customer’s preferences, family, hobbies, job, and so on can be a little easier if you use the method described on Upgrade Reality.

How to Remember Details Better

Let’s take an example of meeting someone for the first time over coffee. You do not know anything about each other but you want to get to know each other and have a fun conversation. I don’t know about you, but often I don’t even remember someone’s name the first time I hear it.

knowing how to remember details better can go a long way in developing trusting relationships

Here is how to make sure you remember alot about someone or something from the very moment they start to give you information:

Attach Imaginary Strings

    • As the other person is talking to you, you are going to attach imaginary strings with different objects for different pieces of information. Where you choose to attach the strings is up to you, but I like to keep them in sight, usually to the tops of people’s shoulders.

Attach Relevant Objects

    • To each string you will attach an imaginary object that relates to the information you want to remember about someone or something. Let’s say that the other person mentions that they like to travel – attach an imaginary aeroplane to a string from their shoulder. Let’s say that the other person tells you they have been playing guitar professionally for years – attach an imaginary guitar to another string from their shoulder.

A New String For Every Memory

  • As you learn more about the other person and have more things you want to remember about them, you keep adding strings to their shoulders with objects related to the information you want to remember.

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Now that you know a new technique for how to remember details better about clients and prospects, you just might be light years ahead of your competition. Give us your comments below.



How to Get Better at Remembering Names

It’s a common challenge: how to get better at remembering names. We are always looking for strategies that will help us avoid embarrassment when we can’t remember the names of business prospects, the neighbor next door, the relative of our best friend, and so on.

you'll avoid embarrassment when you know how to get better at remembering names

Here are the first 3 steps of a 6-step method from our friends at Freedom Personal Development.

How to Get Better at Remembering Names

1 – OBSERVE the person by making good eye contact. Select a facial feature that is striking, noticeable, unusual etc.

2 – LISTEN to the name. REPEAT the name to make sure you heard it correctly and are pronouncing it correctly. Use the name two or three times during your initial greeting.

3 – TURN the first and last NAME INTO AN IMAGE using your rules for changing abstracts into IMAGES. (Hint: Asking questions about the person’s name helps tremendously when developing your pictures.)

You can read about the entire 6 steps here.

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Easy Method for Remembering Your PIN

When you get a new PIN (for your credit card, your bank card, your alarm system, and so on), it often takes a few weeks before it is firmly entrenched in your mind. An easy method for remembering your PIN is the Number Rhyme system described by our friends at [Read more...]