Memory training


Does that happen to you over and over again that you want to retrieve information from your memory, and ... nothing is remembered? You know that there was something there, but as in a tidy room, you can not find the article you are looking for? Your eyes glide over the shelves with a searching look in the supermarket, not because you are looking for something special, but just because you know: There was something else I wanted to buy? If such things cause you grief frequently, it does not necessarily have to be a serious brain disease that afflicts you: perhaps you just lack the right deal, the right exercise with your memory.

The brain needs exercise

Proper handling of the nerve cell cluster in our head is just as necessary as a bit of practice in "programming in" information. "From Brain Owner to Brain User", the head of the Institute for Brain-Rigorous Work, Vera F. Birkenbihl, subtitles subtly the topic of memory loss.

Like many other authors of "Human Brain" manuals, she attempts to tempt the reader into skilfully incorporating information into her memory network and telling him that he is the main person responsible for the quality of his memory.

Input - output

What is it for a phenomenon, why so many things disappear daily from our memory (often without a trace)? On the one hand, this is a completely normal process, because not all information reaches the "long-term memory" via the stations "ultra-short-term memory" - "short-term memory", a large part is sorted out on the way.

And that is not wrong, because in fact a large part of the information that we encounter every day is not intended for eternity (needed). Thus, humans allow us to "filter" sensory impressions and information that allows unimportant things to pass through the screen while the important ones get stuck in the information network.

How do our "gray cells" work?

Do you feel often powerless to stand by while important information disappears through your screens into the eternal hunting ground of memorylessness, even though you wanted to keep it? To avoid this, you have to get a little bit more familiar with how the brain works and get used to a new way of "saving".

So you complain (in your brain) about the bad memory? If you let your brain speak, it would probably complain that you are serving it with information packaged incorrectly! "Operator error" would be the error message that would normally appear when programming data into the "neck-top".

And here we are at the core problem of people who complain about their bad memory: Instead of complaining about the bad "retrieval" of information from their head, they should rather be angry about the bad "storing" their information. Because the quality of the storage determines the ease of retrieval. And to promote and improve exactly this Einspeicherqualität, many books give tips and hints.

Small test complacent?

Consider ten terms and try to memorize them within a minute. Then spend five to ten minutes doing your normal work and then try to write down the list completely. Here is the list:

  • Smartphone
  • pinecone
  • door frame
  • jelly
  • Polaroid photo
  • glue stick
  • nameplate
  • second hand
  • Table leg
  • Cat scratching post

And, did it work? If in doubt, quite good, because after all, you were also highly motivated and have made a real effort. What you often do not do in everyday life. And what would a memory artist have done with this list other than you, that he could have memorized them so much better (faster, easier)? Here, different ways can lead to the goal.

For example, as he read the terms, he could have constructed a story around them. Because a story you realize much better than naked concepts. Too exhausting? Then try to imagine how you destroy each one of the mentioned objects. It is best to take the first one and demolish the next.

Creativity has no limits

Let your imagination run wild. Would you like to try it one more way with the list learning? Then here is a list:

  • nail polish
  • coffee pot
  • flat
  • window handle
  • corkscrew
  • cheese grater
  • cardboard box
  • pen
  • glass eye
  • handset

The principle of "memory art" - which is nothing but correct brain application - is that in addition to the attentive preoccupation with the "learner" the learning material in the memory "linked" is. When dealing with such lists as the above, it is important to link them together so that one item in the list leads to the next, and thus one can "rattle" them one after the other.

And it is important to use our mostly stunted right brain, which is responsible for visual cognition, for smells, visual impressions and imagination, in addition to our usually well-trained left brain, which is responsible for the logical, linguistic thinking.

As a result, the impression of the initially naked, abstract concept is increasingly memorized. You forgot the pine cone in the first list above? Did you just focus on the word pine cone or did you really have it in mind? Did you feel how he pokes in his hand? Did you notice the resinous smell? Heard the noise in the woods? Remembering the peg collecting in childhood? Then maybe you would not have "dropped him mentally" so easily.

Numbers and abstract terms

All this works quite simply with terms describing concrete objects. It is more difficult when concepts for abstract things, such as the word "justice" appear. And at the summit of abstract concepts are certainly the numbers. Remembering numbers is hardest for most people.

But even here, the application of the imagination can remedy the situation: If one imagines a system of "representatives" in which each number, for example, between one and one hundred, stands for an object, it suddenly becomes easier to banish the indigestible series of numbers in the memory , The pictures, which are assigned to the numbers, should be as obvious as possible to make them easier to remember: For example, a die is available for the six, an hourglass for the eight, and a soccer team for the eleven.

Once a "Hundred" system has been devised and internalized in this way, sequences of numbers can be arbitrarily represented in the form of pictures or objects, from which a story or the like can then be linked again (as with the lists). Memory artists can thus memorize numbers with many hundreds of digits without much effort.

If you have now found a taste in "learning to learn", then you can deal with your own creativity or with the help of our book tips with your thinking apparatus and train him. And you can do the training, which is the practical part of the puzzle, actually everywhere - in the subway or at lunch, and at work anyway.




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