With regard to memory, you will find a use it or lose it situation. This is a brain function that you may not be able to train as often as you would like. To get the most from your memory, follow the tips below. *You must use your brain to keep it healthy, just like muscles. Numerous scientific studies have shown that puzzles and other games can keep the brain healthy as we age. It is a good idea organize your belongings to help you remember where they are. Having similar items in a single place means that you don’t have to worry about looking for them. You can also test labeling boxes and packing containers to document what’s inside each box. It is a sensible practice, regardless of whether or not you have a great memory.
If your memory becomes progressively worse over a short period of time, you should see your doctor immediately. Sudden forgetfulness can be an indicator of a more serious medical condition, such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia that could affect anyone of any age. *Believing that you have a poor memory can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you tell yourself and others that you have a poor memory, you will get it! As with all things, a positive attitude can improve your situation. Stop reminding yourself of your current forgetfulness and start to believe that your memory will improve. *Exercise your brain – get it moving! Regular exercise can increase oxygen flow to your brain. This will reduce the risk of developing diseases such as diabetes and coronary disease. Your brain’s ability to function at its best may be aided by exercise. You will be able to remember information later by putting it into categories. Everything has a category. It is possible to recall more information by categorizing things in your memory. You can enter the types of meat, milk and water in beverages to find chicken and sausages. Mnemonic devices can be used to aid in memorization. One of the easiest is to associate a visual picture with every word or name that you need to remember. Visual images that are vivid and relate to difficult concepts or difficult to remember can speed up the learning process. To make it easier and more efficient, think of images from your daily life. *When trying to think about something, use as many of your senses as possible. It is easier to recall later if you use more senses than you have now. This process can be observed in action every time a familiar scent reminds you about something from the past.
In conclusion, you know that memory is an important part of your brain and you need to train it constantly in order to maintain its best performance. Use the information on this page to improve your memory and make it more efficient.
Researchers have found the origin of anxiety in the hippocampus of mice. This discovery will have profound implications on how anxiety is treated in humans. Columbia University Medical Center and University of California San Francisco Neuroscientists worked together to discover brain cells in the hippocampus of mice that trigger anxiety behavior. They also signal when they feel anxious. The video below will talk about their findings and how they can be used to treat anxiety.
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Jimenez JC, Su K, Goldberg AR, et al. Anxiety Cells in a Hippocampal-Hypothalamic Circuit. Neuron. 2018;97(3): 670-683.e6.
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