Young people get tired, cramming everything. Seniors are concerned about what they are increasingly forgetting. We all admire people endowed with perfect memory. Meanwhile, we have it too. And we can develop it at any age. You just need to work a little on memory and strengthen your mental potential.
If you’ve forgotten something, it means you’ve been trying to remember incorrectly. Imagine an inverted pyramid – this is your memory, which is limitless: it can grow and constantly expand. Provided that you give her new tasks.
Today’s world demands more and more from us. You have to be creative (creativity is a favorite term from job ads), educate yourself and, above all, know languages. Under the pressure of these demands, most of us learn under great stress — and achieve effects that are disproportionately small compared to the effort expended. Because the more stress and tension we experience, including physical stress, the worse we think. Conversely, our intellectual abilities increase when we are relaxed.
Computer programs to increase mental potential
For several years, there have been special computer programs in the world that allow you to tune brain waves to the appropriate frequencies. During biofeedback EEG training, we have electrodes glued to the head and earlobes – sensors of a traditional electroencephalograph connected to a computer. The therapist observes the recording of the waves on the monitor. We see the game on a second monitor, like a car driving down a road or a flowing river. You need to concentrate as much as possible, and at the same time calm down and relax, so that the car drives along the desired route at maximum speed, or so that the river becomes wider and wider. If this succeeds, we hear a beep and the computer gives us glasses. Thus, feedback reaches our brain – praise, and it learns to work at the correct frequency of the waves. Such training helps to cure neurological diseases. Healthy people can use it to strengthen concentration, will, general self-control, creativity and positive thinking, increase their mental potential, improve sleep, well-being and self-esteem, and learn to relax.
Modern memory methods allow you to effectively learn a foreign language at a speed of 1000 words in 1000 minutes, i.e. about 17 hours.And knowing 1000 words allows you to understand as much as 80 percent.colloquial speech in a foreign language.
The brain likes to relax
Experiments have shown that the brain absorbs information better when it is dominated by alpha waves associated with relaxation and positive thinking. We find ourselves in this state twice a day: when we wake up and when we fall asleep. The mind, freed from unnecessary external sensations and stresses, is capable of creative work. To acquire the ability to achieve this state at any given time, modern methods of learning a foreign language, mental fitness, as well as neurological and cardiac rehabilitation have been developed. Biofeedback devices are useful in this, using computer recording of body functions to monitor, for example, breathing, heart rate, muscle tension, and brain waves.
What our memory depends on
But it would be too good if we could learn without any effort. We owe the state of our mind not only to relaxation and adequate sleep. Our brains need stimuli. Then it works more efficiently.
True, we lose nerve cells all the time. Memory, however, does not depend on their quantity, but on the quality of the connections between them. Neurons that have not established a connection die. New connections are created under the influence of new impressions and experiences. Their tracks last a lifetime – in “lockers” that we do not know how to open on a signal. Therefore, in order to start the memory, you need to constantly update it, work on it – memorize and repeat, repeat, repeat.
Actors whose profession requires constant training and repetition tend to be in excellent mental shape until later years. The takeaway from this is this: let’s drop the principle of “don’t remember because I can always use notes or encyclopedias.” Let’s not be afraid of “cluttering up memory” – every process of creative memorization is a workout. And learning makes perfect.
It is best to play – just like a child who learns while playing. Because memory problems are also the result of us underestimating the role of imagination. We remember by force, and we must help ourselves by creating so-called tabs – our own pictorial, dynamic associations, the funnier, the more absurd, the seemingly meaningless, the better. Tabs allow you to remove any information from the compartments of the brain.
How to refresh your memory?
In her footsteps. When something comes out of our heads, we have to go back to what we were thinking. And our subconscious mind will find this information on its own. That is why it is worth remembering the circumstances and details of each situation, absorbing with all your feelings what is happening to us. Not only to see, but also to hear and feel (with smell and touch). Write down words, shapes, colors, smells, sounds. When we read something, we have to imagine it – show the action movie on the screen of our brain – the more details we remember, the easier it will be to reproduce the information we received. Brain gymnastics is not only learning and memorization, but also establishing new contacts, getting acquainted with new places. People who shut themselves off in their own world, drift away from others, follow the beaten path, avoid new experiences, have worse memories, and worse and worse mental well-being. It is worth knowing that gymnastics also affects the improvement of memory.
Right and left hemispheres
For many years, it was believed that the left hemisphere of the brain, called the logical hemisphere, was responsible for the learning process. In the eighties of the last century, the University of Hamburg found that the activation of the right hemisphere of the brain increases cognitive capabilities several times and significantly increases the ability to remember. People who take full advantage of the right hemisphere are not only more creative and more effective at solving various problems, but also smile more often and sleep better.
When we learn, both hemispheres of the brain must work synchronously. Then each of them achieves more (for example, by studying mathematics, we learn music more easily; by studying dance, we also succeed in learning languages, and by learning languages, we have more control over body movements). The secret is that the synchronization of the work of both hemispheres causes deep relaxation – a state in which, as we have already told ourselves, knowledge most easily enters our heads.
What the hemispheres of the brain are responsible for
Left – our policeman and censor:
- sense of time
- That is ok
- mathematical and technical skills
- logical thinking
- speaking, reading and writing, proposing
- sequentially process information
- perception of details
- criticism, condemnation
- what to do and what not to do
Right is our jester and artist:
- sense of rhythm and space (size, proportions)
- creative and artistic skills
- imagination and intuition
- sense of humor
- thinking in pictures
- manipulating symbols and colors
- “holistic” vision
- tendency to synthesis
- spontaneous behavior
What Improves Memory and Promotes Brain Function
- positive attitude – never say “I can’t”, “I won’t do it”
- frequent breaks in learning
- healthy eating with natural products devoid of chemistry
- drink the right amount of good water (this is important for the brain, makes thinking easier)
- providing yourself with the right amount of vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium
- carbohydrate intake (the brain needs glucose)
- rejection of stimulants
- constantly learn new things and set new memory tasks – learning a new language, memorizing numbers, jokes, details of someone’s appearance
- imagination training – reading books, listening to radio reports and creating images in your head
- careful observation of the environment at all times – absorption by all senses
- recalling events from the past and as many details as possible
- keeping a diary and using drawings and symbols
- repetition before you start to forget
- acceptance of changes
- appreciating the humorous side of life – let’s learn this from children who laugh 250 times a day, while adults only 15 times a day
- Exercise – Regular exercise, both relaxing and energizing, that increases blood flow through the brain and removes memory-destroying stress hormones from the body.
- take notes with mind maps – slogans, graphically, not full sentences
How to synchronize both hemispheres of the brain
- while walking, bend over and touch alternately with your right elbow to your left knee – and vice versa
- reach from behind with your left hand to your right leg – and vice versa
- use your left (or right, if it does not dominate) hand – turn on the light, brush your teeth, eat
- write with your left hand
- write in a mirror image (as Leonardo da Vinci)
- draw and draw a lot
- write and draw with both hands at the same time
- learn to juggle – climbing stairs with your back
We all have layers of perfect memory,” says Marek Szuravski, author of Memory – Interactive Learning. In it, he offers a detailed program of exercises that develop imagination and the power of associations, reaching a state of “vigilant relaxation.” He teaches memorization techniques (the use of substitute words, the phonetic digital alphabet – assigning the sounds of the alphabet to numbers, chain associations and the creation of a memory system – 100 images per 100 numbers).
It tells you how to build your own learning strategy, what conditions must be met in order to learn more effectively and joyfully, gives specific examples and gives specific tasks, including physical exercises.
The workbook also contains many memory tests. Written with passion and joy (felt), it is designed not only for reading (with pleasure) and practical use, but also for discovering yourself. This will allow us to get acquainted with our own style of thinking, personality profile. This is both a textbook and an adventure that inspires optimism and self-confidence.