With the current choices of memory and braining training programs out there, it can be confusing when it comes to making a decision. Which brain training program should I buy? Our friends at SharpBrains.com have come up with an excellent program evaluation checklist of 10 [Read more...]
Many presentation skills coaches agree that what you as a presenter should be asking is not how to memorize a business presentation, but rather how to remember the key ideas, so that instead of sounding scripted, you can sound natural and really connect with the audience.
Having said that, if you’re one of those who absolutely positively feel you have to memorize no matter what, then [Read more...]
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could learn a piece of music or another language while we slept? If you want to know how to strengthen your memory, the key appears to be in running a [Read more...]
You’re wondering how to memorize foreign sentences because you
(a) want to impress a foreign business colleague
(b) are preparing for a posting overseas
(c) are on vacation and need to make yourself understood in a language very different from your own. [Read more...]
A business networking event, a conference, a social event — so many faces and so many names to remember (or forget)! An online game for remembering names and faces is an easy and no-risk way to practice. If you get it wrong, there’s no embarrassment. In the privacy of your own home/office, you can go back and practice again and again until you’ve mastered the memory technique.
Online Game for Remembering Names and Faces
Ron White, USA Memory Champion, has designed an entertaining practice exercise. Work up the levels from Easy (10 names and faces) to Insane Hard (150 names and faces). You’ll be a names and faces genius in no time.
Go here for the game.
You’ll amaze yourself, your colleagues, and the people you meet. They’ll be flattered that you’ve remembered their name. So practice this online game for remembering names and faces often.
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Here on ImprovingYourMemoryTechniques.com, you’ll find a variety of memory matching games. One that has an extra element of fun is a celebrity match game online from Ocean Breeze Games, using caricatures of celebrities (Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, and so on). If the music bothers you, just turn down your speakers. You don’t need the music to play this game.
Celebrity Match Game Online
Go here to play the game.
For game instructions, click the Game Info tab.
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I have a particular passion for helping my audiences retain what they are learning. I found a great article on Psychology4all.com listing 5 effective techniques to improve memory. I have chosen 2 strategies, (1) chunking, and (2) bedtime recital, that I think you’ll find particularly useful. [Read more...]
Most people enjoy eating fruit and since you’re probably already including it in your daily food choices, why not do yourself some extra good and choose the best fruit for memory? Here’s an article from our friends at Doctors Health Press that makes a case for including Concord grape juice in your diet.
Best Fruit for Memory
How can a food exert such a complex and beneficial effect in your brain? Mostly due to the presence of some pretty powerful antioxidants.
Take, for instance, the polyphenols found in berry fruits. In particular, berries contain flavonoids that have been associated with mental health benefits, including improvement in cognition and neuronal function with aging. As it turns out, one of the best sources of polyphenols that boost brain function is Concord grape juice. This delicious juice contains two very important polyphenols: anthocyanins and flavanols.
In a study just completed, researchers investigated the results when older adults with cognitive impairment consumed Concord grape juice. The trial involved two groups: one drank grape juice, while the other acted as placebo. Before and after the 16-week trial period, both groups were administered assessments of memory function and brain activation.
The researchers found that participants who consumed grape juice showed reduced semantic interference on memory tasks. Your semantic memory holds all the general knowledge you have about the world. For example, memories of laws and organizational rules are stored in your semantic memory, as are basic concepts such as compassion and humor. Age-related declines in brain function can interfere with the way your semantic memory works.
For the entire article, go here.
So it appears that Concord grape juice, the best fruit for memory, has lots of powerful antioxidants to protect your brain.
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Who has better memory retention — a human or a chimp? Watch this amusing video to find the answer. (This video is a few years old, but well worth watching.)
Who Has Better Memory Retention?
Who has better memory retention — a human or a chimp? This was indeed a challenging memory experiment with a surprising answer.
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If you’re planning to compete in a memory championship, one of the tasks you’ll have to know is how to memorize a deck of shuffled cards. In the video below, Nelson Dellis, USA Memory Champion, teaches ABC Nightline’s host Bill Weir how to memorize a set of cards. Bill certainly surprises himself in the process. Well done Bill!
How to Memorize a Deck of Shuffled Cards
I’m delighted to have found this video in which Nelson Dellis clearly explains how to memorize a deck of shuffled cards. As he does in this lesson, start small with a subset (e.g. just the face cards) and work up from there.
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