How to develop memory?

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Let’s talk about our brain.

The brain is a complex and interconnected system, the largest and functionally important part of the central nervous system. Its functions include the processing of sensory information coming from the senses, planning, decision-making, coordination, motion control, positive and negative emotions, attention, memory. The highest function performed by the brain is thinking.

What do the left and right hemispheres of our brain “answer”?

Left hemisphere

The main field of specialization of the left hemisphere is logical thinking, and until recently, doctors considered this hemisphere to be dominant. However, in fact, it dominates only when performing the following functions.

The left brain is responsible for language skills. It controls speech, the ability to read and write remembers the facts, names, dates, and their spelling.

Analytical thinking:

The left hemisphere is responsible for logic and analysis. It analyzes all the facts. Numbers and mathematical symbols are also recognized by the left hemisphere.

A literal understanding of the words:

The left hemisphere is able to understand only the literal meaning of words.

Sequential processing of information:

Information is processed by the left hemisphere sequentially in stages.

Mathematical abilities: Numbers and symbols are also recognized by the left hemisphere. Logical analytical approaches that are necessary to solve mathematical problems are also the product of the work of the left hemisphere.

Control of the movements of the right half of the body. When you raise your right hand, this means that the command to raise it came from the left hemisphere.

Right hemisphere

The main area of ​​specialization of the right hemisphere is intuition. As a rule, it is not considered dominant. It is responsible for the following functions.

Processing non-verbal information:

The right hemisphere specializes in information processing, which is expressed not in words, but in symbols and images.

Spatial orientation: The right hemisphere is responsible for the perception of the location and spatial orientation as a whole. It is thanks to the right hemisphere that you can navigate the terrain and make mosaic pictures puzzles.

Musicality: Musical abilities, as well as the ability to perceive music, depend on the right hemisphere, although, by the way, the left hemisphere is responsible for musical education.

Metaphors: With the help of the right hemisphere, we understand the metaphors and results of the work of another’s imagination. Thanks to him, we can understand not only the literal meaning of what we hear or read. For example, if someone says: “He hangs on my tail,” then the right hemisphere will understand exactly what this person wanted to say.

Imagination: The right hemisphere gives us the opportunity to dream and dream. With the help of the right hemisphere, we can compose various stories. By the way, the question “What if …” also asks the right hemisphere. Artistic Abilities: The right hemisphere is responsible for the ability of the visual arts.

Emotions: Although emotions are not the product of the functioning of the right hemisphere, it is associated with them more closely than the left.

Sex: The right hemisphere is responsible for sex unless of course, you are too concerned about the very technique of this process.

Mysticism: The right hemisphere is responsible for mysticism and religiosity.

Dreams: The right hemisphere is also responsible for dreams.

Parallel processing of information:

The right hemisphere can simultaneously process a lot of various information. It is able to treat the problem as a whole without applying analysis. The right hemisphere also recognizes faces, and thanks to it we can perceive the totality of features as a whole.

Controls the movement of the left half of the body: When you raise your left hand, this means that the team to raise it came from the right hemisphere.

So, what is memory?

Memory is the most necessary for a person, probably no one can imagine how one can live without memory. Just imagine for a moment that you don’t remember anything, don’t remember your name, who you are, where you live, who you work, it’s probably very hard to imagine that the memory has disappeared.

To prevent this from happening, let’s develop our memory, we will give it tasks so that it works and memorizes. Always, a person’s memory was called a storeroom of knowledge, for his long life, a person constantly adds something to this storeroom, he adds all new and new knowledge. This is very good for the development of memory, you can still do different exercises for memory training.

Aged people often complain of poor memory, and why? Because they stop developing: they retire and stop reading, remember, they think that they don’t need it, while in fact they just need to engage in self-development and develop their memory.

Another memory depends on the work of your body, if you are tired or you do not have enough sleep and rest, this also affects your memory, stressful situations can also affect your memory.

Most scientists believe that memory can and should be trained and developed. It’s simple – what trains, it develops. And memory is no exception. With a reasonable approach to the development of memory, it will be at a high level in old age. The most important thing is to know the basic principles by which it “works”.

Experience shows that a person remembers better what causes genuine interest or is accompanied by strong emotions. But the brain, in principle, can save almost an unlimited amount of information. Especially if the memorized material is clear and interesting. Empty memorization is a waste of time. After all, well-understood material is absorbed much better. Moreover, memorization can occur arbitrarily and involuntarily. Ie, stupid ads are written on the doors of the store, for some reason, are remembered instantly, and two chemical formulas, unfortunately, do not fit in my head. What does an adult do to develop memory? Train!

So, there are rules that need to be followed if you want to stay in a sober mind and good memory in old age:

  • oxygen enrichment (exercise);
  • sleep at least 7 hours a day;
  • refuse alcohol and tobacco;
  • do not take (if possible) medications that adversely affect memory

1. Get to know something new.

Get out of your comfort zone and make an effort: start learning a foreign language, regularly do crossword puzzles or play chess, learn a musical instrument, or start dancing.

According to studies, people who speak several languages, later than others have experienced age-related memory problems.

Everything unusual, new in our life develops memory, thinking, and creativity. Sometimes this alone is enough to develop a good memory and brain. Train your observation. According to this criterion, memory is divided into short-term and long-term.

2. Give up on search engines and GPS

Whenever necessary, a modern person opens Google and doesn’t even attempt to independently remember what he needs. Before looking for the necessary information on the network, try to find the answers yourself.

3. Group information by type, class.

You probably noticed that remembering a ten-digit phone number is much prose if you break it into pieces. In addition, if the information you need to remember, you write, and then you say it out loud, then you can quickly memorize everything you need.

4. Track your nutrition

To reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as improve memory, include such foods in your diet: whole-grain foods, beans, nuts, poultry, olive oil, oily fish (salmon). At the same time, avoid sugar, red meat, cheese, and fried foods.

5. Drink coffee

Coffee and alcohol can improve memory. However, it is important to observe the measure: 3 cups of coffee are not capable of bringing significant harm to the body. So, caffeine reduces the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

6. Practice yoga and meditation

According to some studies, 20 minutes of yoga can improve the speed and accuracy of memorization. Meditation can be replaced by a walk in nature.

7. Do sport

Move as actively and enthusiastically as possible. Do it right now and you really improve your memory. The only consistency in practice will allow you to increase the volume and develop memory. Develop and train your memory in your free time. This can be done when you go to work or you can not sleep, you are in the woods, or going for a walk. Not only your memory, but your eyes and your spine will say thank you.

Running is such a universal and useful tool that I isolated it separately, although much has been said about the benefits of physical exercises for the development of memory. Sport is known to be the best master who leads your body in perfect shape. And only in a good body is a developed memory possible.


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