Five ways you could become a memory champion
When you want to learn something in particular, then physical effort does seem to help, at least in the short-term.
In an experiment, people that did 35 minutes of interval training 4 hours after learning a list of pictures paired with locations were better at remembering the pairs than those who did the interval training straight away.
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Backwards walking (whether real, imaginary, or virtual) can boost your short-term memory.
To go back in time, it might help to go backwards in space. Moving backwards through space appears to carry the our minds backward along that subjective timeline toward the point at which the remembered information was encoded, thus improving our recall.
When we draw something we are forced to consider in more detail and it’s this deeper processing that makes us more likely to remember it.Even writing a list helps somehow, which is why when you get to the shop and realise you’ve left your shopping list at home, you can still remember more items than if you hadn’t written a list at all. However, doing a drawing takes it one step further.
For healthy people, a short break immediately after learning something makes a difference to how much they could remember a whole week later the learning took place.
New memories are fragile, so even a short break can make a difference to whether they hang around or disappear.
Sleep is thought to help consolidate our memories by replaying or reactivating the information we’ve just learned.
That sleep doesn’t have to happen at night. Naps work too, bur mostly for people who are accustomed to regularly taking a nap in the afternoon.
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Research found that short periods of rest increased the ability to recall information up to 30 % in healthy individuals. For people with neurological injury, such as a stroke, the ability to recall after some rest, places them almost within the range of healthy people.
When memories are initially encoded, they pass through a period of consolidation that cements them in long-term storage.
It was once thought to happen mostly during sleep; studies have found that it is not limited to sleep, because it happens during periods of wakeful rest, too.