Improving your memory

Strategies that improve memory

K. Anders Ericsson, the guru of research into expertise, makes a very convincing case for the absolutely critical importance of what he terms “deliberate practice”, and the...
Nowadays every school has to have computers. I don't refer to legal requirementbut to perception. Schools are judged on how many computers they have. It would be more to the point...
The more hyped and less plausible passive Mozart Effect
Compulsory Education: When it starts and how long it lasts Around the world, for the most part, compulsory schooling starts at 6, although some start at 7, and a very few at 5 or even younger....
Difficulty in remembering people’s names is one of the most common memory tasks that people wish to be better at. And the reason for this is not that their memory is poor, but...
Types of reading disability A longitudinal study that used imaging to compare brain activation patterns has identified two types of reading disability:
Retrieval practice, as its name suggests, is a simple strategy that involves retrieving the target information one or more times prior to testing. It is not the same as...
Song is a wonderful way to remember information, although some songs are better than others. Songs that help you remember need to have simple tunes, with a lot of repetition -- although a...
Distributed practice more effective than massed practice It has long been known that spacing practice (reviewing learning or practicing a skill at spaced intervals) is far more effective...
Human memory is a complex and varied phenomenon, and we could delve into its mysteries every day for a hundred years and still have plenty to talk about. But if I had to pick one factor that was...

Behaviors that affect your memory & cognition

The evidence that diet, physical exercise, and mental stimulation all help prevent age-related cognitive decline and reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment
The effects of exercise on cognitive function in older adults A number of studies in the past few years have provided evidence that physical exercise can ameliorate the effects of aging on the brain...
"Consolidation" is a term that is bandied about a lot in recent memory research. Here's my take on what it means.
What is neurogenesis? Neurogenesis — the creation of new brain cells — occurs of course at a great rate in the very young. For a long time, it was not thought to occur in adult...
I’ve always been interested in the body’s clocks — and one of the most interesting things is that it is clocks, in the plural. It appears the main clock is located in a part of the...
Stimulating activities
The evidence that diet, physical exercise, and mental stimulation all help prevent age-related cognitive decline and reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment
Why do we need sleep? A lot of theories have been thrown up over the years as to what we need sleep for (to keep us wandering out of our caves and being eaten by sabertooth tigers, is one of the more...
Why do we need sleep? A lot of theories have been thrown up over the years as to what we need sleep for (to keep us wandering out of our caves and being eaten by sabertooth tigers, is one of the more...
A perennial topic in the arena of memory improvement is the question of “food for the brain”, and in particular, whether there are dietary supplements that can improve your mental...