Enhancing your memory

remember things easily

Enhancing your memory, wisely use your brain,  remember things easily.

  • Where do the tricks of memory come from?

In the mists of time the Greeks organized competitions in which those who could remember more things would won. To succeed, the people involved in the race used to display information to remember as if they were in a room in their home, or in a certain corner of the city where they lived.
Soon we will also talk about this technique, but now let’s talk about the POSTS system, that is fixed points for your memory.

  • Read carefully the following example!

A doctor was involved in a maritime disaster during a cruise in the Atlantic Ocean. He was in the dining room, like any of the other passengers, more or less 80.
Passenger boarding documents had been lost, and it was important to find them because one of the passengers had disappeared. How to do? The doctor tried to remember, and during the process he made a great discovery. Although he was not able to remember all the names of the passengers, he could remember, one at a time, the tables in the dining room, and the faces of the people sitting at each evening table
after evening.

He also knew what these people were called, so he was able to remember the names of all passengers and to identify the one who disappeared.

The association between dining room tables and those who sat there is what we have called “POST”, that is an access key to memories. But all this requires a certain ORDER! What does that mean?
Think about creating an archive.

You could confusingly stack papers in a locker, or dedicate one compartment to invoices, one to letters, one to documents … everything in its place.
If one day you need to find an old bill to prove it has been paid to your gas supplier, which of the two proposed systems make your search easier? The second of course!

The same goes for memory: if we don’t create a system for easily accessing a particular type of memory the risks involved are having to look for a long time in times of need. This is perhaps the main obstacle on the road to those who wish to learn the art of memorization, because building a system of mental storage can take time and patience.

  • Interesting history fact

When Albert Einstein died, the scientists wanted to examine his brain, and, opening the skull, they were surprised to see that it was smaller than average! Evidently he knew how to exploit it much better of most people. Being a genius is not entirely a gift of nature. The more we are able to make more connections, the more we will be able to store information and rework it.

Let analyze a series of very frequent practical problems we all experience quite frequently for one reason or another. We will be able to solve them easily thanks to the techniques that follow. These are ideas to improve your baggage of memory tricks.

THE KEYS

Don’t you remember where you left the keys? Here is how to remember. Whenever you put them down somewhere, imagine one giant key of the size of a man, and give the name of the place where you put them. So, if you put them in an ashtray, call the giant ASHTRAY key. It’s a habit you have to take. You’ll see that in this way, even if you have the habit of leaving the keys everywhere, you will be able to find them easily!

DIRECTIONS AND PLACES

To remember the directions or destinations of a route you must remember key points. So when you ask for street information don’t settle for knowing that “the way you are looking for is the second on the right, after the third traffic light … “, but always look for more concrete references to identify places. So let’s say that
shops, offices, monuments … there are nearby, with their names, and build us a funny story that helps to remember. If by chance you forget the names exact references you received, you are still able to rework them with your mind to recognize them.

STUDY

When you have the right techniques study can turn out to be funny! Memorizing while reading can seem like a process much more difficult than the sequence: reading, taking notes, analyze, summarize, repeat, learn, but it is not so! Here is a suggestion for a more effective study:

VISION OVERVIEW!

Take a few minutes to get an idea of what could be the contents of the chapters of a book.

Ask yourself: “What question does the title answer?” After that, read all the subtitles and continue to train your thoughts. At this point create links with all the information you have: this will help you create stable associations with areas that are already familiar.

This is not yet memorizing, but you are creating an environment where to build “bridges of information”. The moment of the overview is fundamental. It’s like I’m traveling and I need a map to know the way: look where you are going, create points of reference along it and understand your path.

To study unfortunately it is not like reading a novel, where reading flows pleasantly and a fascinating story is told.
A school book tries to communicate a concept through accurate explanations, and in doing so it invokes precedents
arguments leading to a “point of arrival”. Knowing the point of arrival therefore facilitates everything!

Memory in multi faceted but for our purpose we can distinguish between short term memory and long term memory.
Short term memory is the one we use for the actions of every day, like getting out of bed.
We need to remember the things we just did, like brush our teeth so we don’t have to wash them continuously. On the other hand, we don’t want to rethink at any time of the day we brushed our teeth, right ?!

The information we collect comes first into the memory a short term, and then, working on it a little, they end up in the long one term. It’s like having a tray and a locker: you can put first the information in view on the tray, but in the future to find them you have to open the cabinet where you kept the tray.

You may get the impression that learning by heart works, because through repetition the concepts become a familiar thing, but in actuality you are just entering material directly into your long term memory, however, your mind was not made to work this way.
When you recall a memory, very profound chemical changes occur in the brain, and when memories are firmly connected to each other it is easier to remember. Learn to repetition does not produce the same chemical modifications! HThat’s is why you should form images in your mind and then recall them to create lasting memories.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Our brain has a large ability to memorize sounds and learn languages before adolescence.
After the age of 18, it is difficult to learn a foreign language without adding our accent. As already mentioned, simple repetition reinforces the words of a language only in short-term memory, but does not place them in the long-term memory, to which they should belong.

Therefore the normal techniques for learning languages, based on repetition, are ineffective and slow!

Well, I hope you will soon become more aware of the fantastic proprieties of your brain. Your mind has immense potential the important thing is to believe in it and apply yourself to it.

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13 Responses

  1. The idea of the archive is a “must”. Perhaps that is why we do archive files and folders in our computers…so that we can find them easily.

      1. These days if I want to prove that I paid my gas bill I just print a bank statement….surely I pay with a card and not in cash. If I remember the password to get access to it online!

          1. Not a bad Idea, I actually make my passwords of phrases and stick numbers and special characters in between. All I have to do to remember the password is think of that phrase.

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