How Can Memory Improve Your Life?

How Can Memory Improve Your Life

Memory is considered to be one of the most important parts of the human brain, along with the visual system, sense perception, and speech. Memory is also the faculty of our body by which information or facts are stored, recalled, and encoded when necessary. It is simply the storage of data over time for the future purpose of influencing present action. If any of these three faculties gets damaged, a person can suffer from many physical, mental, emotional, and social problems. However, with the help of science, memory can now be strengthened and improved in a short span of time so that it can now be effective for human use.

A good example of memory improvement process is called Freudian memory theory, which says that a person’s memory can be categorized into two types based on the way it is working. The first category is short-term memory, which means that it is working actively and accurately and the second category is long-term memory, which basically means that it is not working actively but passively.

Now, according to the work of Sigmund Freud (who was a pioneer in mental health), there are different levels or stages of memory. There is the conscious memory, which is responsible for forming an individual’s personality, behavior, beliefs, and thoughts; and the unconscious memory, which is responsible for storing and retrieving all these things. So, when the conscious memory is being accessed, the information remembered is usually in the form of short-term, while the unconscious memory is responsible for retrieving and remembering all the long-term and long-lasting information.

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Long term memory problems occur when information that should be stored is not being accessed constantly by the brain. Moreover, these kinds of memory problems can also be caused by the presence of amnesia. Thus, the success of a memory improvement program will depend on the cause and effect of the amnesia. In order to improve the long term memory, cognitive psychology methods are usually adopted. These methods are used to treat forgetting and amnesia in people who suffer from these problems.

In order to be successful at making a big impact on a person’s life, one must understand what psychology methods are, and how they work. There are many psychological methods in the form of books, courses, seminars, counseling, or therapy. A psychologist can also use behavior therapy, or counseling, as well as drugs or habit reversal programs. Each type of therapy has its own strengths and weaknesses, so a person seeking psychological assistance should research each method to see which type of treatment is best for their needs.

Cognitive-behavior therapy deals with how a person’s thoughts and beliefs about a specific situation or issue actually shape and control their behavior. For example, if a person thinks that they are overweight and this in turn leads to negative feelings about themselves, they will begin to act negatively towards others and themselves in general.

If a person believes that they are good at picking numbers, for example, they may act this way around the rest of their friends and family. By understanding the relationship between the cognitive thought patterns and the actual behaviors, a psychologist can help their patients to change their patterns of thought and behavior.

Another commonly used form of cognitive therapy is exposure therapy. Exposure therapy involves a person having an opportunity to be in the same situation over again with no different information until, finally, the information Processing Center of the brain clicks into place and the person becomes oblivious to the information the first time.

Cognitive therapy is not only helpful for exposing a person to new situations; it can also be used to help them remember information that they have already learned. For instance, if a child is a violin student, a psychologist may provide the child with violin lessons or provide a CD of music for the child to listen to at home as they learn.

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  1. The brain coordinates all the functioning of the organism, physical and cognitive functions. Cognitive functions are skills organized by the brain that regulate the relationship with the external environment.

  2. These are skills that are acquired from birth and that must be constantly strengthened over time and also re-enabled in the case of advanced age.

  3. When we talk about cognitive functions we are talking about: attention, memory, orientation, language, visuospatial skills, praxic skills and executive functions.

  4. Attention is the ability to focus on the most important information of all available and ignore the less important.

  5. It is like a “filter” that decides which information is useful and which is not, focusing on the things that interest us most.

  6. Acquired cognitive disorders are disorders of mental functions (such as memory, attention, language, reading, writing, executive skills …)

  7. In adulthood, an alteration of these functions causes high difficulties in social and work adaptation, and is often associated with relational and emotional problems such as anxiety, insecurity and depression.

  8. Careful not to generalize. Amnesia is a memory disorder that does not involve other cognitive functions. The person with amnesia continues to reason logically and speak fluently but may be unable to remember events in his recent life or, in severe cases, even remote events, and may fail to acquire new memories permanently, while the ability to learn new actions is generally preserved.

  9. A clarification to what was said in the article. Memories can be stored in short or long-term memory, depending on what they are and how important they are “to the person”.

  10. Short-term memory holds a small amount of information that the person needs temporarily, such as a list of things to buy in a store.

  11. Long-term memory, as the name suggests, holds memories (such as the name of the high school the person attended) for a long time.

  12. Long-term memory is preserved in many areas of the brain. A part of the brain (the hippocampus) helps rearrange the new information and associate it with other similar ones already stored in the brain. This process transforms short-term memories into long-term memories. The more short-term memories are recalled or repeated, the more likely they are to become long-term memories.

  13. Age-related memory changes (called age-associated memory impairment) refer to the normal decrease in brain function that occurs as people age.

  14. Most older people have some memory problems. Recovering memories of new things, such as the name of a new neighbor or the use of a new computer program, takes longer.

  15. Older people also need to repeat new memories more often to keep them. Those who suffer from this type of memory loss sometimes forget things, for example, where they put their car keys.

  16. Generally in the medical field, we talk about mild cognitive impairment. It is an imprecise term used to describe mental function deficits that are more severe than those normally related to age, but less severe than those caused by dementia.

  17. People with mild cognitive impairment have trouble remembering recent conversations and may forget important appointments or social events, but they usually remember past events. Attention and the ability to carry out daily activities are not affected.

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