Memory Technique for Improving Intelligence

There has been considerable debate as to whether or not intelligence (IQ) can be improved. Interestingly, the research does provide a memory technique for improving intelligence known as the N-back or Dual-N-Back. Dr. William Klemm gives us some scientific background for the technique and cites various studies in Psychology Today.

The N-Back Game is a memory technique for improving intelligence.

Memory Technique for Improving Intelligence — Working Memory

Working memory refers to the memory you can consciously hold in your mind at any one instant—such as a phone number you just looked up. Most people can only hold about four totally independent items in their working memory.

Working memory relates to intelligence. The reason is that thinking involves streaming into the brain’s “thought engine” chunks of information held in working memory. The working memory streams in, much like a Web video streams into your computer. The more you can hold in working memory, the more information the brain has to think with—that is, the smarter it can be.

Various techniques are reported in the research literature, and the best results seem to come from n-back methods.

If you’d like to read about the research studies, go here.

Memory Technique for Improving Intelligence — The N-Back Game

The game is challenging and takes considerable practice , but if you’re up for improving your IQ, here are 2 links to get you going.

(1) Instructions to guide you before you tackle the n-back activity

(2) The link to the game.

How often are you playing the game? For how long? Have you noticed any differences in your working memory while using this memory technique for improving intelligence?

Tell us about your experience in the comment section.

Best Technique to Improve Focus Concentration

It may be summer vacation for most students, but many are still diligently attending summer school. When the outside calls to you and you’d rather be biking, swimming, or enjoying the weather in some other way, you may be lacking motivation when it comes to studying for those summer exams. Here is the best technique to improve focus concentration from Dave Farrow, 2-time Guinness Record holder for greatest memory [Read more...]

Memory Game for Music Online

Here at Improving Your Memory Techniques, we look for a variety of memory games to stimulate your brain. This memory game for music online brings an added level of complexity and challenge. In addition to testing your visual memory, it tests your ability to remember the musical notes you hear.

Memory Game for Music Online

Make sure you have the sound turned up on your computer when you play the game. (Alternatively, you could turn off the sound and play the visual memory part of the game only.)   Here is the link for Memory Box from our friends at Logo Games.

How did you do at this memory game for music online? You’ll get better with practice. So be sure to come back to this post and follow the link to the game again.

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Making Your Business Presentation Memorable

In business situations, it isn’t always about what we can remember. Often, we want others to remember us and what we have communicated to them.  If making your business presentation memorable is what you’re after, you’ll appreciate the following tips from [Read more...]

Brain Games for Memory

There are lots of free online brain games for memory practice. Here is one that strengthens your visual memory.

 Brain Games for Memory

Treasure Hunt is a brain game designed to strengthen visual memory. Your eccentric, ex-pirate Uncle has set out on a new life path, and is bequeathing his treasure to anyone in the family that can find it first. Search through the cluttered rooms of his suburban Land-ship. View each room before and after, using your memory to spot changes and uncover hidden gold coins and gems.

Life benefits

  • Strengthens your ability to recall objects you’ve placed around the house.
  • Improves your ability to recognize beneficial facts and information.
  • Increases your power to maintain the quality and clarity of your life.


Visual Recognition, Short Term Memory and Delayed Recall.

Go here to play the game.

Why not try something a little different when looking to use brain games for memory enhancement?  Challenge your friends to a competition.

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How to Memorize Bible Chapters

Wondering how to memorize bible chapters more effectively and more successfully? In this excerpt, the author Ben Stevens, excitedly shares a technique he learned from [Read more...]

How to Memorize a String of Words (Video)

Whether you need to know how to memorize a string of words, or less likely an entire magazine, you’ll find the method described by Ron White in this 9-minute video useful in remembering many things. [Read more...]

Can Lack of Sleep Affect Your Memory?

In this video, sleep expert Dr. James Maas shares a long list of consequences associated with shortened sleep. Some of them may surprise you. “Can lack of sleep affect your memory?” Several items on his list address this question — but then, you’ve probably already guessed at the answer.

Can Lack of Sleep Affect Your Memory?


Can lack of sleep affect your memory? Yes, it appears that getting enough sleep is vital for good brain functioning — including your ability to remember things.

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Best Breakfast Foods to Improve Memory

I was happy to find this article from Organic Authority that advocates that the best breakfast foods to improve memory just happen to be my favorites. For some of you, this breakfast may be quite a departure from your usual — but have a read and choose 1 thing you can add or substitute each week.

Best Breakfast Foods to Improve Memory #1

The best breakfast foods to improve memory include berries, greens, eggs, and fatty fish.

Spinach, Onion & Salmon Egg Breakfast

All vegetables help boost the brain and protect the body, but at the very top of the list are leafy greens like spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collards and mustard greens. Studies show that eating three servings of leafy greens per day could slow your mental decline by 40%. That’s a lot! It’s easy to sneak leafy greens into your breakfast. First, cook up a small handful of diced onions in your preferred rice bran oil (whose high content of oleic and linoleic acid compositions boosts memory and can also help prevent diabetes and cancer). Sweat down your onions, which contain brain-protecting antioxidants, and then toss in a very large handful of greens – baby spinach works well, or chopped slices of kale. Switch your veggies up on different mornings with broccoli florets or halved Brussels sprouts!

Now add a handful of chopped, cooked salmon to the mix and heat through. Last night’s leftovers work superbly…

Be fancy and turn all this into an omelet, or take the quick road and just throw an organic egg on top of it all, turning once to cook it through on both sides. Eggs are an important source of choline, an essential nutrient in the B vitamin group, which is known for reducing stress and balancing the body.

Best Breakfast Foods to Improve Memory #2

Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and açai berries are not only a delicious dessert to your breakfast, they also help preserve the brain’s ability to rid itself of toxic proteins, which are associated with memory loss. Berries contain the powerful phytochemical anthocyanin, which has been shown to actually reverse memory loss in the lab.

Best Breakfast Foods to Improve Memory #3

Top your brain-feeding breakfast off with a small glass of grape juice. While high in sugar, grape juice contains a very high level of antioxidants which help protect the brain much like red wine does, albeit more appropriate to morning hours. Red, purple and black grapes all contain quercetin, another important phytochemical with brain-protecting powers.

You can read the article in more detail here.

What`s your plan for including these best breakfast foods to improve memory into your diet? Share your ideas in the comment section.


Will Eating Soy Help My Memory Develop?

The wonders of soy are many, but the question we’re concerned with here on Improving Your Memory Techniques is “Will eating soy help my memory develop?” Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be the case if you’re a post-menopausal woman.

Will Eating Soy Help My Memory Develop?

Will eating soy help my memory develop? Unfortunatey, it does not appear to have any significant effect.

“There are no substantial cognitive effects, positive or negative, from soy protein consumption in women past menopause,” said researcher Dr. Victor Henderson, professor of health research and policy and neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University.

Research has produced mixed results about whether soy helps protect so-called “cognitive” health, such as memory and other thinking skills. Some research has even found that soy has a negative effect on thinking skills.

At the study start and then 2.5 years later, the researchers gave the women a battery of tests to evaluate thinking skills. Among the skills tested were verbal memory, visual memory (such as remembering faces), putting letters and numbers in sequence, and other tests. The researchers analyzed results on 313 of the women after some dropped out.

The investigators found no differences in overall mental abilities in the two groups. When they did a secondary analysis, they did find women on soy had a greater improvement in visual memory.

“I think the study is large enough that if there were meaningful overall cognitive effects to be found, we would have found them,” Henderson said.

The rest of the article can be read here.

Will eating soy help my memory develop?” For those of you whose diets include plenty of soy, the news is disappointing. But if you have a look at some of the other posts in this blog, you’ll find information about foods that do help your memory.

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