How to Remember Dates

Forgetting a friend’s birthday or an important anniversary is bound to get you into trouble. Why do you forget? Probably because dates and numbers aren’t particularly exciting or noteworthy. I think you’ll find this short little article from realsimple.com on how to remember dates helpful. [Read more...]

I Can’t Remember Where I Parked My Car (Video)

You parked your car, locked it, and sprinted across the parking lot so you wouldn’t be late for your meeting. When you return to the lot, you stand there perplexed, “I can’t remember where I parked my car.” Sound familiar? [Read more...]

Does Chocolate Improve Your Memory?

Sounds too delicious to be true. Does Chocolate Improve Your Memory? It seems that way, but we’re not talking about calorie-laden, additive-filled chocolate here. Rather, it’s dark chocolate, specially formulated with a high percentage of cocoa (and its beneficial flavanols), that may be good for your memory. [Read more...]

Connection Between Sleep and Memory Improvement

Much to our surprise here at Improving Your Memory Techniques, a recent study has suggested that the connection between sleep and memory improvement isn’t the same for all age groups. Many earlier studies have recommended sleep as an aid to improving memory. Now it appears that sleep is more essential to [Read more...]

Does Dancing Improve Memory?

Does dancing improve memory? If you’re looking for a fun-filled way to improve your memory, dancing may be the answer. Richard Powers, an instructor at Stanford University’s Dance Division, summarizes some research that looked at the effect of various types of physical activity on mental functioning. Guess which [Read more...]

Memory Game Faces

How good are you at remembering the individual features of someone’s face? I found a challenging online memory game. Faces can really test our powers of observation and recall– see how well you do.

Memory Game Faces

Try this memory game. Faces can really test our powers of recall.

This simple face memory game not only improves your ability to remember faces, but really teaches you to pay attention to detail. After all, you can’t remember something if you never fully noticed it in the first place.

Be sure to scroll down and read all the instructions before trying the game. Then challenge yourself.

Practice this game once a day, and your memory for all types of information will improve. Once you learn to pay attention to the details around you in everyday life, you will notice your memory is better too.

You have to first really see a thing to remember a thing.

Start a competition with your friends to play this memory game. Faces will challenge them too.

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Learning the 3 Times Table the Easy Way

Using a song, especially a  well-known tune, makes learning multiplication tables fun. I found a cute video that borrows the tune from “She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain” as a way of learning the 3 times table the easy way.

Learning the 3 Times Table the Easy Way

What do you think of this method for learning the 3 times table the easy way? Tell us in the comment section.

 

 

 

Memory Tips for a Younger Brain

This article provides a comprehensive list of many of the memory tips for a younger brain and a sharper mind that you’ve read about in other posts on this blog. [Read more...]

Food That is Bad for Memory

Research studies have shown us many times that salt is a food that is bad for our bodies. Well, it appears that it may also be a food that is bad for memory and brain functioning. Cutting back on salt may be especially important for seniors who don’t get much exercise.

Food That Is Bad for Memory

It appears that salt is a food that is bad for memory. Cut back and at the same time increase your exercise.

Here is an excerpt from a study published in the Neurobiology of Aging.

In comments to Medscape Medical News, first author Alexandra J. Fiocco, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, said that “clinicians should ensure that their patients’ sodium intake falls below the recommended level (maximum 2300 mg/day).”

Further, she said the study results suggest that it is important to focus on multiple lifestyle domains, such as exercise and diet, instead of singling out one factor when creating health-promotion strategies in the clinic.

“Novel Interaction”

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Connecticut, who was not involved in the study, said that “the interaction between sodium and physical activity cited here is certainly novel.”

“The basic notion,” he told Medscape Medical News, “is that higher sodium intake is potentially injurious to the (aging) brain, and physical activity is protective. The effects of physical activity seem to win out, so that habitual, moderate exercise may essentially ‘immunize’ the brain against adverse effects of higher sodium intake. However, the combination of more physical activity and less sodium is clearly better than either alone — and far better than neither,” Dr. Katz added.

If you’re interested in reading the scientific article, you can access the entire article here.

So it appears that cutting down on salt (food that is bad for memory) while increasing exercise is a good idea if we want to protect our brains. Share this post.

 

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...]