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Tricks to Improve Memory
As time wears on, it becomes more and more important to improve one's memory. Think about what you ate for lunch yesterday. Now think about what you ate for lunch today 20 years ago. If it's a bit difficult to recall such minute details from the past, don't worry. Memories become fuzzy as we age, as our diets and physical activity decline, and as we stuff new information into our brains. But just how much can the human mind handle at once? The hippocampus—or part of the brain responsible for memory regulation—is thought to have about seven slots that hold an unknown amount of memories at a time. Our short-term memory allows us roughly 30 seconds to process and use information we receive before it's squeezed out for something better. If we use it in time, we can log it into our long-term memories, where it can stay with us forever.
And although most of our memories before age three or four are gone, there are plenty of ways we can contribute to brain health moving forward. Did you know a whiff of rosemary can help trigger memory? That's not to say you should run to your spice rack to recall old tidbits of information. Instead, view this playlist for useful tips and tricks to maximize your mental storage space.
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Several of you have asked about how our memories are stored, LittleSolarSystem on YouTube asked 'Why does our brain store memory separately into long-term and short-term memories?' Our friends at Freedem Living have lent us this short film to explain just how memory works. When you need to recall a memory, the brain calls on your memory network. The hippocampus and other parts of your brain work together to rebuild that memory. To remember something your brain goes through the following process: First your brain consciously registers the memory, this is called encoding. Next, the brain must consolidate the memory. The last step is called retrieval. The best way to improve your memory is to keep remembering the same thing, over and over. This strengthens the neural pathway to the memory. There are other things you can do to improve your memory; get a regular sleep pattern, eat a balanced diet, and exercise often. Oh and keep your brain active, this will actually increase the physical size of your brain. 10 quirky animated videos addressing common concerns about memory loss and dementia have been developed by researchers in Trinity College Dublin in a bid to allay fears about memory loss, promote brain health and tackle the stigma associated with dementia. You can watch the other films here: http://freedemliving.com The FreeDem films project has been developed by the NEIL (Neuro-Enhancement for Independent Lives) Programme at Trinity's Institute of Neuroscience with funding from GENIO. The videos were produced by makers of Head Squeeze, 360Production. For more info on the project click here: http://www.rte.ie/news/player/2014/0218/20528003-online-videos-to-help-allay-fears-about-memory-loss/ If you want a mystery of the universe solved, or one of your questions answered, drop a comment below, or join our G+ Community 'Head Squeezers'. https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115682880183087388642 Greg Foot tells us why we get memory blackouts here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8ZVq_rMP-s Want to know more about grey matter? Here's loads more facts about the brain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mwzc0884gc http://www.youtube.com/user/HeadsqueezeTV http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=HeadsqueezeTV