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Scientifically Proven Techniques for Increasing Memory Retention


Do you ever find yourself forgetting mundane tasks in everyday life, like forgetting to pick up something from the store, or leaving your cell phone on its charger? You shouldn’t feel alone, as many people suffer from these small slips in their cognitive processes. Memory retention and loss have become increasingly important issues of study and debate in the modern information age.

The Technology Behind the New Science of the Mind

As a result of our technological advances, we live in an increasingly interconnected and media rich world, where the average person is often subjected to information overload. Fortunately, technology has also provided us with a tool by which scientists are able to quantifiably study and understand the biological mechanisms responsible for human memory. This technology is known as the functional magnetic resonance image, or MRI.

You may have received an MRI if you’ve ever received a sports injury, or have had some other medical issue related to soft tissue injury or disease. MRI uses the same equipment as a standard MRI; however, instead of imaging bodily tissues, it provides an image brain activity. This has allowed scientists to identify which parts of the brain are associated with memory retention, and loss, thereby providing conclusive evidence as to what are the best methods of memory retention.

Tips for Improving Your Memory

The following list of memory retention techniques is compiled from years of fMRI research...

1. Concentrate – Although it may seem obvious, being mindful of your distractions and committing your undivided attention to a subject will improve your memory.

2. Pay Attention to All of Your Senses –The 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was rewarded to researchers involved in olfactory(smell) studies. The more senses you associate with any one particular memory will increase retention of that memory.

3. Repetition – Often considered to be a brute force method of memorization, repetition has solidly proven itself as an effective method of memory retention.

4. Use a Mnemonic – A mnemonic is a word where each letter represents another word. For example, the fMRI researches use the mnemonic BOLD – Blood Oxygen Level Dependence – as a name of the signal used in imaging brain activity.

5. Take a Little Time – After using repetition to memorize something, give it some time to sink in before repeating it again.

6. Organize Your Life – Economizing your routine tasks and staying organized will help your brain to do the same, increasing your memory retention and speed.

7. Compartmentalize Your Thoughts – Memorize information in chunks and as steps in a process. For example, phone numbers are easily retained since they are memorized as 3 distinctive chunks, as opposed to one string of 10 numbers.

8. Repeat It Out Loud – By repeating what you are trying to memorize out loud you increase the number of senses associated with the memory thereby increasing retention.

9. Exercise Your Brain – Actively engaging your brain will help to keep it limber.

10. Take an Online Course – If you have issues with staying committed to a hobby or other brain stimulating activity, take an online course. Not only will it help with your memory retention, but you may find new interests as well.

11. Be Confident in Your Abilities –Studies have provided a conclusive link between self confidence and memory retention, stay positive and your brain will reward you for your efforts.

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she writes about education, online degrees, and what it takes to succeed as a student taking online undergraduate degree programs remotely from home. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

References:
health.harvard.edu - en.wikipedia.org - nobelprize.org

In Tune With The Infinite

I hear it said,—How in regard to one who bears me hatred, towards whom I have entertained no such thoughts and feelings, and so have not been the cause of his becoming my enemy?

This may be true, but the chances are that you will have but few enemies if there is nothing of an antagonistic nature in your own mind and heart. Be sure there is nothing of this nature. But if hatred should come from another without apparent cause on your part, then meet it from first to last with thoughts of love and good-will. In this way you can, so to speak, so neutralize its effects that it cannot reach you and so cannot harm you. Love is positive, and stronger than hatred. Hatred can always be conquered by love.

On the other hand, if you meet hatred with hatred, you simply intensify it. You add fuel to the flame already kindled, upon which it will feed and grow, and so you increase and intensify the evil conditions. Nothing is to be gained by it, everything is to be lost.

By sending love for hatred you will be able so to neutralize it that it will not only have no effect upon you, but will not be able even to reach you. But more than this, you will by this course sooner or later be able literally to transmute the enemy into the friend. Meet hatred with hatred and you degrade yourself. Meet hatred with love and you elevate not only yourself but also the one who bears you hatred.

The Persian sage has said, "Always meet petulance with gentleness, and perverseness with kindness. A gentle hand can lead even an elephant by a hair. Reply to thine enemy with gentleness. Opposition to peace is sin." The Buddhist says, "If a man foolishly does me wrong I will return him the protection of my ungrudging love. The more evil comes from him the more good shall go from me." "The wise man avenges injuries by benefits," says the Chinese. "Return good for evil, overcome anger by love; hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love," says the Hindu. 

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