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A recent study found that just 10 minutes of light exercise can enhance memory and concentration. This exercise boosts connectivity between the dentate gyrus and hippocampus, key brain areas for information retention. Aerobic activities also protect the brain and improve cognitive functions, fostering the brain's ability to form new neural connections, particularly in the hippocampus. Activities like yoga, swimming, or power walking can thus increase learning efficiency, memory, focus, and productivity.

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Practice Meditation

Meditation not only boosts physical and mental health but also enhances cognitive abilities. Studies show it can increase attention span and focus during tasks. Remarkably, just 13 minutes of daily meditation significantly improves memory and attention, making it an effective method for enhancing both long and short-term memory.

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Use Mnemonic Methods

Mnemonic methods aid in memorization and information retrieval. Key types include:

  • Acronyms: Forming a word from initial letters of a series, like "HOMES" for the Great Lakes.
  • Abbreviations: Sentences where the first letter of each word represents a concept, such as the planetary mnemonic.
  • Chunking: Breaking large information into smaller parts, like dividing phone numbers.
  • Rhymes and Alliteration: Using rhymes or repeated sounds for memorization, like the Columbus rhyme.

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Create Mind Palace

The Mind Palace, also known as the Method of Loci, is a unique mnemonic technique. It involves using a familiar location, like your home, to remember things. You imagine placing each item to remember in different spots in this place. To recall, visualize walking through and “seeing” the items in their locations. This creates a mental memory map using well-known places.

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Do Not Use Your Phone Immediately

Modern technology, while useful, can lead to mental laziness. Try recalling information mentally before using your phone, as this strengthens your brain's neural pathways. A 2021 study by Ioannis Saridakis and Spyridon Doukakis showed that solving math puzzles mentally enhances memory. So, opt for mental calculations over using a calculator or phone for a dual benefit: improving math skills and giving your memory a mini-workout.

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