How To Optimize Your Brain and Improve Your Memory

Published: 07th October 2009
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The importance of your brain cannot be overstated. In my years of speaking to clients, the first thing I always advice them to do is improve first their brain... be it to improve a relationship, quality of life or even a business, because at the end of the day, your brain is responsible for everything that's in your control

Simply by optimizing your brain, you can change your life. You can break free of addiction (which also originates in your brain), you can quadruple your productivity and you can keep your independence well into your 90s. But for now, in this article, I will concentrate merely on one aspect of your brain.

In this article, I'll show you how you can improve your memory and never again forget you place the keys! Let's get started.

Before I go into the actual techniques, let's first talk about how your brain stores your memory. When you are exposed to a new experience, that data is kept as an electrical signal in your neurons.

At first, it's stored as a short term memory. As the name suggest, this type of memory comes easy but also fades easily. And if you attempt to remember that data, your hippocampus is that part of your brain that will transform that data into long term memory.

The question, of course, is how you can facilitate that process of conversion. It's simple, really. There are 3 simple steps for you to follow.

1. For your hippocampus, you must first tell it that you want that memory stored for the long term. That higher brain function comes from your prefrontal cortex, where you consciousness resides.

Thus paying attention to a stimulus is rule number one of improving memory. Unfortunately, most people simply don't pay enough conscious attention to anything in there life. Think about this...

Do you go through the same routine when you wake up every morning? This is an instance of an unconscious habit that you may possess.

2. Once you pay attention to the stimulus, your hippocampus will start to form synapses (links) between the brain cells involved in long term memory. Those synapses, unfortunately, break if not used.

To strengthen those synapses, simply repeat the action. Thus reminding yourself of the information you want to memorize allows for better memory. As synapses grow stronger, it becomes very difficult for you to lose your memory!

3. Continuously learn new skills. Unlike a computer, your brain can adapt and adjust. Thus if you religiously learn new skills and do novel activities, it can learn how to learn... making the process of memorizing far easier!

Unfortunately, of course, people stop learning as soon as they leave college... and the older generation tend to view learning as wasting time because they felt they've reached the end of the road.

But that sort of thinking is a self-fulfilling prophecy. As you stop experiencing novel environment, you forgo your ability to adapt (learn) because synapses responsible for that task, as I have mentioned before, disappears.


If you would like to learn more about improving your brain, simply visit Leonidas Auerbach's website, "Brain Training Made Easy" for more articles such as this.

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