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3 simple ways to improve short term memory.
Does it irk you when you know that you need to get more items from the supermarket, but some of them have escaped your mind? You had properly rehearsed them in the car on your way over and as soon as you finish parking, find your shopping trolley, and are now facing the aisles of goods, your mental list is gone.
Short term memory refers to the area of the brain that stores small amounts of information for short periods. If you are well versed in computers, think of it as your computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory) – your brain goes through your short-term memory, assigns some information to your long-term memory before discarding the rest.
Unfortunately, our brains stop growing and start to shrink when we are in our 20s, which means that we actually have less active brain cells as we age. It is thus little surprise that his natural aging process mainly affects short-term memory. For instance, you are likely to remember places and people from your past but have problems remembering recent encounters (those committed to short-term memory).
Although memory loss is often associated with depression, stress, or Alzheimer’s disease, it is usually a result of the natural aging process. However, by learning how to improve your short-term memory, you are likely to set your mind at ease as well as that of your family. Here are 3 ways you can go about it as follows:
Mnemonics are defined as a type of mental exercise that is conducted with the sole purpose of helping the patient to retain more or new information in order to halt the progress of this type of memory loss. They involve attaching a word, acronym, image, diagram, or phrase to a particular object to help a person remember and memorize facts, dates, numbers, and names etc.
These attachments’ also help patients remember more complicated information. Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle’ for example, stands for F, C, G, D, A, E, and B in the order of sharps in music. Likewise, Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain stands for the colors of the rainbow and in their particular order in the spectrum- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
This is yet another way of improving short-term memory that most of us employ for remembering phone numbers. Here, information is broken up into pieces and bits that are smaller and easier to memorize. For instance, remembering 914-588-4300 is much easier than 9145884300 and is the reason why bank account numbers, zip codes, and social security numbers are routinely chunked’ or broken down into smaller bits.
3. Memory supplements
Many vitamins and natural supplements help improve cognitive function by boosting blood supply to the brain. The B vitamins- especially B9 (folic acid), B12, and B6- are known to enhance verbal ability and help the brain in processing new data. In addition, antioxidants such as vitamins E, C, and beta-carotene help combat free radicals as well as protect the brain from damage. Lastly, omega-3 fish oils support brain and memory function, so enjoy mackerel, tuna, and salmon twice a week and do not forget to keep taking your fish oil supplements.