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Psychology Science

Tips for boosting your memory and brain power

If you’re looking to boost your memory and brain power, this video contains some excellent tips and reminders.

In summary:

  • Exercise. Physical exercise helps form new brain cells and solidifies existing neurons. It also increases the hippocampus brain area which is responsible for memory and learning.
  • Never stop learning. Learning something new builds new brain cells. In fact, parts of your brain shrink when you stop learning. Be a life-long learner!
  • Play music. Learning to play music stimulates your verbal memory. This is because music training improves your left temporal lobe.
  • Use Mnemonics. Associate new information with a shortcut of memorable images, sentences, or simple words. Also, try the Acrostic and Mind Palace techniques. The more you can combine words with images, the stronger your brainpower. Keep in mind what Einstein said about creativity.
  • Gain new experiences. Do small things like eating with your weaker hand to stimulate more connections between areas of your brain. Such practice also strengthens nerve cells and ward off the negative impact of aging.
  • Try brain games. You can also your brain with puzzles, crosswords or Sudoku. Playing brain games improves cognition and keeps surviving neurons active.
  • Eat omega-rich foods. Your brain needs omega-3 fatty acids to function at its optimal level.
  • Challenge your brain. It’s vital to do small tasks like practicing math skills so you don’t outsource all your thinking to computers.

Above all, stay mentally active by engaging in mental stimulation. That does not mean chasing the nearest dopamine hit. Do any of the above tips on a daily basis instead.

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Culture Science Tech

Human plus machine

It’s inevitable. In technology, nothing stands still.

We’ll know what we want to accomplish and we’ll do so with incredible pace and confidence.

The only thing that stands in our way is lack of belief in the brain and body’s flexibility.

Virtual or non-virtual reality, there will only be one continuous world. Everything else is information, waiting to be decoded.

The human part will transcend the robot, the robot part will bring new meaning to the brain’s neuroplasticity. We’ll be able to recall Instagrams before the tip of the tongue.

Through neuro-chip exertion, the mind will make ‘always-on’ an exaggeration of the past.

Sleep may be the nature’s last organic recharge.

Further reading:

https://wellsbaum.blog/2018/03/21/making-magical-machines/
https://wellsbaum.blog/2016/08/10/description-of-a-future-educated-person/
https://wellsbaum.blog/2017/07/22/competence-without-imagination-%F0%9F%A4%96/
https://wellsbaum.blog/2016/10/26/learning-to-think-again/
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Productivity & Work Psychology Science

The simple technique that boosts your short and long-term memory

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Want to remember more of what you read? Give your brain a 10-15 minute rest. No phones, no distractions, just pure boredom, a quiet room and dimmed lights.

Why do we need to reduce interference?

It takes longer for new information to encode and simply consuming more or squandering time on social media will make it even hard to remember.

When we let the mind wander, the brain works backward and connects the dots, cementing those memories that were previously unlinked.

So stop chasing extra stimulation and let your brain rest in its own presence. Your memory will thank you for it.

Read An effortless way to improve your memory

 

 

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When Yogurt Affects the Brain

“Your state of mind might be dependent on your state of gut.”

You are what you eat, literally.

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People on the move

Following others is risky. Just yesterday I saw a man nearly get hit because he decided to follow the woman in front of him who was dashing across the street. At the next light, I saw the same situation, except this time the person following had their head down looking at their phone.

Following others can be both a conscious and automatic decision. You assume that the path in front of you is safe because it’s already been paved by someone else. But the reason God gave us our own set of eyes and brains is to release us from the prison of conformity.

You make your own decisions, what you eat, what you read, what you share online, and where you want to travel. Everything you do is mostly up to you.

Indeed, your individuality can explained in the way you behave at a crosswalk. Will you follow others like a lemming or dictate your own style and pace? When you follow because other people are also going in that direction, you may pose a risk to yourself.

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The Older Mind May Just Be a Fuller Mind

For the time being, this new digital-era challenge to “cognitive decline” can serve as a ready-made explanation for blank moments, whether senior or otherwise.

It’s not that you’re slow. It’s that you know so much.

You might not be as forgetful as you think, just over-informed. How about another RSS feed?