Memory: how to remember more with these 3 simple tricks suggested by neuroscience

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How do you remember something important and train your memory? Here are three simple methods suggested by neuroscience.

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We all had things we wanted to remember, but we couldn't. What can you do if you need to remember something important? Most memory enhancement techniques, such as mnemonics, blocking, and building memory palaces, require considerable effort.

Here are three simple methods to increase memory and recall in the short term according to the neuroscience. (Read also: Travel-related memories shape our personality. Here's how to store them)


Ask yourself if you will be able to remember something important

Uno study of 2011, published in the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, showed that the simple act of wondering if he will remember something significantly improves the chances that that thing will be remembered; in some cases this method is up to 50 percent successful.

This technique works mostly to remember the things you want to do, i potential memories, that is, a form of memory that involves remembering to perform a planned action, or recalling a planned intention in the future, such as remembering to praise an employee, send an email to a customer, or implement a plan change.

Why this works is unclear; perhaps the act of foretelling is a bit like testing oneself; what is clear is that this method helps the hippocampus to better form and index those episodic memories that will serve in the future.

Say it out loud

Repeat things out loud or just saying the words out loud may seem strange, but people just store knowledge in this way; they are not talking for themselves.

Uno study of 2010, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, found that saying words aloud, or just saying them with your mouth, makes them more distinctive. It separates them from all the other words you are thinking, so that the brain can stare at them and remember them somehow. (Read also In which part of the brain are autobiographical memories stored? In the hippocampus only "the index")

Try the memory for 40 seconds

Il memory consolidation it is the process in which temporary memories are transformed into more stable and lasting memories. While the memory consolidation process can be speeded up, retaining a lasting memory takes time.

One way to increase your chances of remembering something is to try what you want to remember for 40 seconds. One study of 2015, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that a short period of evidence of what one wants to imprint in memory, such as reproduce an event in your mindreviewing what someone said in a meeting or mentally tracing a series of passages increases the likelihood of remembering it in the future.

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