Memory Improvement Tips From A Memory Master.

In this video Idriz Zogaj a well known memory master does a TED talk about memory improvement tips and simple ideas for ideas that will help you get better at remembering things.

He talks about how he used focus to improve his memory and a little practice. He used a simple deck of cards to start his improvement process.

He goes on to suggest how focus is the key making it easier to memorize things specially words which can be tied into a story or visualized.

20 Phases Of Having A Song Stuck In Your Head

1. It all starts when you find yourself humming something random.

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2. But you can only remember a single line, and no matter what you do, you can’t remember what comes after it.

20 Phases Of Having A Song Stuck In Your Head

3. For the longest time you can’t figure out what the song title is.

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4. Which sucks because you really just want to listen to the whole song.

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5. You finally start to give up and move on with your life when the name of the song suddenly hits you!

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6. When you finally listen to the full song, you’re pretty proud of yourself and maybe even jam out a little.

20 Phases Of Having A Song Stuck In Your Head

7. The song ends, so naturally you hit the replay button.

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8. You try to stop listening to the song, but you can’t.

9. When someone tries to play a different song, you try to be polite but you know they’re wrong.

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10. Every song that’s not your song is just wrong.

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11. You listen to it in the shower.

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12. You listen to it in the car.

13. You listen to it at work.

14. You have mini dance parties and sing alongs because you know every line now.

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15. You love the song. You love yourself. You love LIFE.

16. One time while you’re listening to your song, something’s off.

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17. You can’t remember why you liked the song in the first place.

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18. Suddenly you never want to hear the song again.

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19. You’re so glad you’re over that phase of your life.

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20. You’ve moved on to that one song … you know … shoot what is it called??

13 Reasons To Forget The Gym And Run Outside Instead

1. Just five minutes of running outside can make you feel better about life.

All it takes is five minutes of outdoor exercise to see improvements in self-esteem and mood, according to a U.K. study. The people who saw the biggest impact were the young and those suffering from mental illness. The study also found that the effect was greatest in environments where water was present.

2. Those five minutes may also help you live longer.

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Even 5 to 10 minutes of slow running (less than 6 miles per hour) can reduce your risk of death from all causes, including cardiovascular disease, concluded a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published in August 2014.

3. Exercise also makes you happy. And the more you do it, the happier it makes you.

Sure it’s easy to reach for the ice cream when you’re feeling down, but reaching for your sneakers will make you feel better, and not just in the short term. In one 12-week study, participants who exercised saw an improvement in their physical and mental health both immediately and at the one-year follow-up. A later study found that “regular exercisers have approximately twice the [mood improvement] effect as nonexercisers.” So if you don’t feel the mood boost the first time, try, try again.

4. You might even improve your memory and attention — just from being outside.

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Most of us agree that there’s something just kinda nice about being in the great outdoors, but it turns out it’s even nicer than we think. Just an hour spent interacting with nature can improve memory performance and attention spans by 20%, according to a December 2008 study at the University of Michigan. If you’re really abandoned in the middle of a concrete jungle, at least put on the nature channel when you’re on the treadmill. The study found similar improvements in memory and attention among participants just from looking at pictures of nature scenes.

5. You’ll also get the vitamin D you need for strong bones.

Sunlight is important to our bodies — we need it to create and activate vitamin D, which is important for our bone health. And it may even help fight conditions including osteoporosis, cancer, depression, and heart attacks, according to Harvard Health Publications.

6. And thanks to wind resistance, you’ll get a better workout.

 

The wind in your hair means you’re exercising harder and so, getting more out of your workout. At the same pace, you’ll burn more calories when you run outside than on a treadmill, according to a 1996 study. (If you must use a treadmill, increase the incline to 1% to simulate the outdoors.)

7. And if you listen to music, you’re doing yourself an extra health service.

Music can have huge impacts on our physical and mental health, wrote Dr. Oliver Sacks, a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. And listening to music during exercise might also improve performance, the New York Times reported in 2010. But keep in mind: The biggest impacts were seen in lower intensity workouts because the harder you’re exercising, the less distracted you will be by the tunes. “The noise of the body drowns all other considerations.”

8. Running outside is also A LOT quicker than going to the gym.

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Going to the gym means spending the time going there, coming back, swiping your membership card, putting your stuff in a locker, taking it out of the locker, talking to the weird guy who won’t leave you alone, and at some point in between all that, working out. Running outside starts as soon as you walk out the door, you can leave your stuff in your room, and nobody will try to talk to you because now, you’re actually moving.

9. (And a heckuva lot cheaper.)

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Nature is for everyone! Nature is free!

10. Exercising outdoors makes you more likely to want to keep exercising.

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In 2011, researchers found that participants who exercised outdoors were more likely to say they wanted to do it again. And though the review noted that high quality data was lacking, this finding was supported by a 2012 study that found that older adults that exercised outdoors exercised more than those who exercised indoors.

11. Maybe that’s because exercising outdoors just ~feels~ better.

 

Though researchers said studies on the topic were sparse, a 2011 review of available data found that, exercising in natural environments was connected to “greater feelings of revitalization and positive engagement, decreases in tension, confusion, anger, and depression, and increased energy.” In 2012, the Telegraph reported that, according to a University of Glasgow study, the mental health boost from outdoor exercise was TWICE that of indoor exercise.

12. A good run in the morning may help burn off the steak you have for dinner that night.

The effects of exercise can last all day. Once you’ve gotten comfortable with the short jogs, make them longer for a bigger payoff: Vigorous exercise for 45 minutes can boost your metabolism for the next 14 hours, according to a 2011 study.

13. And listen, it’s not winter…YET.

Soon enough, the temperatures will drop, the snow will arrive, and you’ll need 17 layers of clothing just to go outside. Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

36 Little Things That Will Actually Make Your Life Better

1. Keep your keys and your wallet in the shoes you’ll wear the next day.

That way if you switch bags or pants pockets, you won’t forget them. You can also get this free printable to hang near your door as a reminder.

2. Or, just buy this rug:

Get it here. Dog not included.

3. Put a treat on your actual grocery list.

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You’re less likely to impulse buy seven bags of chips if you’ve already planned to treat yourself to something yummy.

4. Put fun (and funny) things on your to-do list.

It will make your impending tasks seem less tedious and also ensure that you make time in your busy schedule for a little fun. Plus, who doesn’t love crossing one more thing off their list when they are done?

5. Keep a running “Ta-Da” list of things you’ve accomplished.

Instead of things you still have to do, make a list of things you’ve already done toward a specific goal and add to it every day.

6. Grate butter onto your toast instead of spreading it.

No more ripped bread.

7. Buy a sponge holder.

Not that anything will make you enjoy doing dishes a whole lot more, but not having to touch a slimy, cold, wet sponge is a good start. Get one here.

8. Wrap your headphones in a figure eight so they won’t get tangled in your pocket or bag.

9. Use a nonsense word for all your security questions.

No one can prove that your Mom’s maiden name, your first pet, and the street you grew up on weren’t all “Snaggle Bread.” It’s a lot easier to remember one random phrase than which street and which capitalization you used.

10. Leave $10 in your coat pocket and forget about it.

When you find it later, you’ll be excited. It’s an investment in the mood of future you.

11. Keep a roll of quarters in your glove compartment.

That way you’ll never get caught empty-handed at a meter.

12. Have money transferred directly into your savings from your paycheck.

Even if it’s just $20 at a time, it adds up. And then you won’t have to worry about making the conscious decision to forgo that night out to save money.

13. Before you get in a taxi, take a picture of the license plate.

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That way if you leave something in it, you’ll have an easier time tracking it down.

14. Keep scissors in every room.

They’re cheap. They’re small. And you’ll never have to walk all the way to the other room to snip that annoying tag off your shirt.

15. Exercise right before a date or an important interview.

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It gets your endorphins going and cuts down on nerves. Obviously you should leave enough time to shower in between.

16. Put something you like on your wall.

Either in your bedroom or at your desk, just find an image or a postcard or anything that makes you happy to look at. It doesn’t have to be fancy or even framed, just stick it up and improve your day.

17. Change your sheets.

There’s nothing like some fresh clean sheets to make you feel pampered. Better yet, own more than one pair of sheets so you can do this even if one set is still dirty.

18. Find something you like in every room.

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When you go into a space, whether it’s somewhere you go every day or somewhere you’ve never been, find at least one thing that you like, something that is pretty or useful or funny.

19. Do one of your favorite childhood activities.

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Get some friends to play a board game with you. Recall the days when you didn’t have anything better to do than play freeze tag. If you’re feeling brave, you could even turn it into a drinking game.

20. Read a book.

Instead of looking at your phone until you fall asleep, take your eyes off screens for the last few minutes of your day and read an IRL book. It’s been proven to make you sleep better.

21. Know the length of your hand so you can measure just about anything.

If your hand from palm to middle finger is 8 inches, you can accurately estimate the measurement without having to do this useless trick.

22. Take a different route.

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Whether you’re walking or driving, try taking a different route to get to work or home. It will make you feel like things aren’t so stagnant, and it’s also been shown to improve memory and brain function.

23. Write something.

Not on your phone, on paper. Write a note to someone or write a list or write a poem. It can improve memory and mood.

24. Buy someone a gift for no reason.

Even something small like a coffee or some flowers that will brighten someone’s day will also brighten yours.

25. Organize something.

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A drawer, your medicine cabinet, your purse. If you get in the habit of cleaning out one small thing a day, your whole life will be organized before you know it.

26. Color code your keys with nail polish.

You’ll never be fumbling for which key is which. This also works to turn old keys into cool jewelry.

27. Color code the top of your notebooks with highlighter.

That way when you look into your bag or backpack, you’ll know which one to pull out.

28. Instead of scrubbing dirty pots, boil them with soap and water.

The stuck food will come right off.

29. Put a puppy pad in the bottom of your trashcan under the bag.

No more gross wet trash slime every time your bag leaks.

30. Use at least three words in a text message.

It’s harder to accidentally sound mean or angry when you use a few extra words.

31. Walk with your toes pointed up in the dark so you don’t stub them.

Mischief managed.

32. Drink water as soon as you wake up.

After sleeping your body is almost always dehydrated and it only gets worse as the day goes on. Starting your day with water even before coffee can also improve skin, mood, and health.

33. Ask someone you respect out for coffee.

It doesn’t need to be someone you have a formal mentor relationship with, just anyone whose life or career or energy you admire. Don’t ask them for a job, just talk. Ask them about themselves. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn from a casual conversation.

10 Things That Can Influence Our Memory

When we experience something, there’s a variety of different factors which determine how well we’ll remember it—and how we’ll feel about it later on. Science has tasked itself with exploring the things which make our memory tick. Here are ten ways you can manipulate this fundamental part of your mind:

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Scientists have found that memories associated with sound can be reinforced by playing those sounds softly to people while they sleep. In one study, participants played a Guitar Hero-like game. They learned two tunes, then had a nap. While they were in deep sleep, one of the tunes played softly in their ears. And when the participants awoke, the tune that they’d heard while sleeping was the one they were better at playing from memory.

In a similar study by the same researchers, participants were asked to remember random locations of images on a screen, each of which was associated with a sound. When one particular sound was played to them during sleep, they were more likely to remember the original location of the matching object.

The scientists involved believe that we use our sleep to process and consolidate our memories. By associating a memory with a sound, we encourage our brain to absorb this particular memory while we’re asleep, rather than losing it among the countless other minor events from the day.

The jury’s out on what practical use this might have—but it at least suggests that we may be able to influence what we remember, with the help of a carefully chosen sound track.

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As we get older, we tend to become more forgetful. Scientists have found that a distraction related to what you want to remember can be extremely helpful for older people. They conducted an experiment in which they asked two groups of people—one of them aged seventeen to twenty-seven, and the other aged sixty to seventy-eight—to study and recall a list of words. They sprung a surprise second test on each group after an unrelated picture exercise.

During the dummy picture exercise, some people in each group were exposed to background reminders of some of the words from the first test. There was a thirty percent memory improvement in those who had been prey to these —but remarkably, only among the older group. There was no difference at all in the younger group. This suggests that keeping ourselves surrounded by reminders—even if we don’t take them in consciously—can help with recall in old age.

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Research by psychologist Gerd Thomas Waldhauser has shown that humans can train themselves to deliberately forget information. Using EEG scans, he has shown that the same part of the brain we would use to restrain a motor impulse—such as to stop ourselves from catching an object—is also activated when people suppress a memory. His studies show that we can learn how to control this natural suppression—allowing us, theoretically, to forget whatever we want to forget.

Waldhauser is keen to point out, however, that only neutral memories have so far been forgotten in this way. But he speculates that—were the technique to be developed further—it may be possible to forget even our worst memories. This would be immensely helpful to trauma victims, and those with chronic mental health issues such as depression.

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As if we needed another reason to eat healthy food, science has found one. It turns out that a diet high in fructose or saturated fat can hamper our ability to learn and retain information. A poor diet can reduce the levels of a chemical known as DHA in your brain; and it just so happens that DHA is very important in forming memories.

High levels of saturated fat have also been linked to brain inflammation, which can cause memory loss. Increasing your intake of Omega 3 seems to be one of the best ways to counteract that, since it replenishes DHA—but reducing the amount of fatty foods in your diet will benefit the rest of your organs as well.

It might not be necessary to cut out all sweets just yet, however; some research has suggested that chocolate may be good for your brain, and your ability to remember things.

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Learning a second language, especially as a child, has been shown to have benefits which last a lifetime. Speaking two or more languages can delay the onset of dementia by an average of four years.

Scientists have also discovered that “working memory”—the kind of memory that acts like RAM in a computer—functions more successfully in children who have learned a second language. Studies have shown that bilingual children performed better in working memory tasks than their monolingual counterparts—and the more complex these tasks were, the better the bilingual students would perform in relation to their peers.

Being bilingual does more than just enhance and protect our memory; it also helps us with focusing, and shutting out distractions.

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“Washing your hands of guilt” is a popular phrase—but science has shown that the act of washing can actually have a deep impact on how we catalogue our memories. For a start, general cleanliness can impact how we feel about other people—and not necessarily because they’re dirty themselves. We’re more likely to harshly judge someone else’s moral misdeeds if we’re in a smelly room, for example.

And in relation to our own memories, washing ourselves really can help us feel less guilty about whatever evil deeds we’ve committed. It’s been found that gamblers who wash after a bad streak are likely to start making higher bets, as if they’ve washed away their bad luck.

If you make a difficult decision, wiping your hands afterwards can make you feel less doubt about it, since you’ve effectively wiped away your worries. But it goes both ways: if we wash after thinking about a positive experience, our happy memories can seem less satisfying.

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Writing something down is an intuitive way to help you remember it. Scientists from Ohio State University, however, found that the way you treat the piece of paper afterwards can have an enormous impact on memory retention. They found that if people wrote down their thoughts, and then scrunched up the paper and threw it away, they were less likely to use those thoughts when making a decision. If, on the other hand, they folded the paper neatly and put it into a pocket to protect it, the thoughts would stay with them and influence them later on. Keeping thoughts on a desk instead of throwing them away had a similar impact.

As with washing, it seems our brains are influenced by metaphors in the physical world when it comes to controlling our memories.

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Scientists have found that inflicting pain on ourselves can lessen the guilt we feel about a bad deed we remember having committed. In one experiment, researchers asked people to write about a time they had rejected or excluded someone. They divided them into two groups; the members of group one were asked to plunge their arms elbow-deep into ice-cold water, while the members of group two submerged their arms in luke-warm water. And when the participants rated the morality of their past actions, those who had experienced the pain of the cold water gave themselves a more forgiving score.

A third group of people were asked to write about an everyday interaction, with no guilt involved, and then to plunge their hand into the cold water. Interestingly, the people who had written about doing something bad actually kept their hands in the water longer, and reported more pain, than the control group. The scientists speculate that they subjected themselves to extra pain, as they felt the need for penance.

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When you study, you’re more likely to remember information when it is presented in an unusual or difficult-to-read font. Scientists from Princeton University and Indiana University have conducted two different experiments to test the effect of fonts on learning. In one experiment, they gave participants some information to read for ninety seconds, either in Arial or Comic Sans. It was found that those who absorbed the information via the more difficult font had better recall fifteen minutes later.

To see if this result could have a real-world impact, the researchers designed another experiment. This time, they tampered with the fonts of learning materials used by high school students. Students who were given a difficult-to-read font performed better in tests than those who were given a simple font. So when you write your blog in comic sans, you are not only devoid of aesthetic taste, but also prevent your readers from remembering whatever it is you’re saying.

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People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are often debilitated by horrific memories. Scientists have been working on a number of drugs that could be used to lessen, or even erase, memories. These drugs work because when we recall memories, we’re not just playing a tape—we’re actually recreating the memory in a different part of our brain. Some drugs can block the biochemistry involved in this process, and thereby cause the awful memories to fade, or even disappear.

Many people take issue with use of such drugs, however, arguing that artificially erasing our memories can have a fundamental impact on who we are. Proponents counter this argument by saying that millions of people debilitated by memories of terrible experiences could regain their lives—and their true selves—with the help these drugs can provide.

Community Post: 14 Things You Should Be Doing Regularly

1. Bathe your dog once a month

Cesar Millan recommends bathing your dog once a month unless your dog has skin problems.

2. Get your hair cut every 6-12 weeks

To help your hair grow, remain healthy, and stay strong

3. Go on a vacation once a year

They promote stress relief, productivity, and health

4. Visit the optometrist once a year

Keep those eyes healthy.

5. Visit the dermatologist once a year

Just a little bit of effort now can make all the difference later. Not to mention avoiding skin cancer.

6. If you’re a woman, go to the gynecologist yearly

7. Go to the dentist every six months

It’s just not worth it to risk those precious teeth. Save yourself the time, pain, and money!

8. Get a physical once a year

It depends on your age, but it’s always good to go once a year for that check up to make sure everything’s in order.

9. Get your tires rotated every 3,000-7,000 miles

Take care of your car and it will take care of you.

10. Wash your car once a month

It actually helps prevent your car from wearing down as quickly as it would will all that dust and grime caked on it. Keeps it looking new and fresh! Your car is a representation of you and you never know who you’ll be making an impression on 😉

11. Get your oil changed every 5,000 miles or every 6 months (whichever comes first)

A car really isn’t much good to you if it won’t go.

12. Hang out with your friends

Whether it’s a group or with your bestie, socializing is good for your health and it improves your lifespan!

13. Think

Keep your brain active by doing things that work it. Reading, playing an instrument, model-building, knitting, solving puzzles, and even playing video games can help prevent Alzheimer’s, improve memory, and keep you sharp to just name a few.

14. Get a massage once a month

It helps reduce anxiety and stress which helps you get better sleep. Which can lead to an improved memory!

Kale On Kale On Kale

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With the summer growing season coming to an end, the one plant that can prolong the life of your garden is kale. It’s able to continue to grow throughout the fall even when planted in the heat of summer. The following are some ways to kale:

1. The Refresher

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This blueberry kale salad has ingredients you can use out of your summer garden and is simple to assemble. The blueberries are packed with antioxidants and have been shown to help improve memory And it’s light enough to keep you feeling clean but satisfied.

2. The Early Riser

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this one helps you get off on the right foot. The kale and mushroom frittata is quick and painless and with the addition of goat cheese it adds some serious flavor.

3. The Meal of Meals

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Nothing says fall like sweet potatoes but the addition of shrimp still gives it that summer feel. Shrimp keeps the protein count high and the calorie count low which will keep you full longer. Try this sweet potato and kale recipe for dinner!

4. The So You Got Drunk But Still Want to Be Healthy

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Kale Chips are easy to make and store just like regular chips. You can add some special seasonings to flavor them just like real chips too. And they hit the spot after a night out and needing a salty binge without feeling like a health failure.

5. The Detox

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So that whole eating fresh this summer hasn’t happened? One way to jump start your health is with this kale, apple, and banana smoothie. High in vitamins A and K and potassium, it will give anybody the motivation to kickstart a healthy diet.

6. The Hearty

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Now that fall season is upon us, its also soup season. This chicken and kale soup cooks within a half hour and will keep you full all day. Plus it makes great leftovers!

*If you are looking for a vegetarian option substitute the chicken for mushrooms.

7. The Hor d’oeuvres

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Looking for something to give out at a dinner party that packs a healthy punch? Try quinoa and kale patties. They’re easy to make and are full of fiber, vitamin A and K. Plus if you have any leftover you can use them as a side for dinner.

8. And The Classic

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Its a classic for a reason! Nothing beats the taste of sautéed kale and by adding some seasonings you can create a twist on the common.

Memory Improvement Tips: 7 Essential Mental Activities for Brain Health and to Improve Your Memory

This video describes the 7 essential mental activities that we need every day for excellent memory and brain health.

These mental activities were developed by two psychologists by the names of David Rock and Dan Segal. They found that engaging in these seven activities at least once a day helped memory improvement significantly.

The activities are:   Focus time – Play time – Connecting time – Physical time – Time in – Down time – Sleep.

IMPOSSIBLE Memory Test: How good is your memory? #2

Here is a short memory test I tried and just had to post it here. Form using some of the visual techniques I learned  from taking Ron White’s memory course I was able to get all the answers in this test correct without even stopping the video.

This memory test uses music from: “Pamgaea” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/