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March 16, 2019

Remember to Remember

Short-term memory is how the brain stores small pieces of information that you need to access right away, like someone’s name or title. According to experts, the maximum you can store in short-term memory and have immediate access to is about seven pieces of information. Long-term memory, in the other hand, stores the information you don’t need right away, and long-term memory has much greater capacity than short-term memory.

Keeping your brain healthy with physical activity, puzzle solving, eating right, sleeping well, and improving your general well-being can improve your memory, and so can these tips.

  • Practice focusing more and multi-tasking less. Paying attention helps your brain handle information more efficiently. If you need to memorize something or remember key points for a speech or report, focus completely on that activity to improve your ability to remember it later.
  • Break down large pieces of information into smaller sets of items. Remember a speech by organizing key points into sets of three or four related points. Learn each set one at a time. When you have learned three sets, practice them until you can easily remember them, and then tackle the next three sets.
  • Engage your senses to imprint the memory. When you meet someone, shake their hand, say their name aloud, deliberately see something significant about their appearance, and ask them a question. This involves several of your senses and will improve your ability to remember the person later.

Improving one’s memory is not just for older people. Anyone can use these tips to keep their brains sharp!


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