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The Memory Hack

by Alisa Princy (2020-01-27)

Timed activities force The Memory Hack Review us to pay attention, work fast, and think nimbly - you can't beat the clock without doing so! And the great news is that there are so many great brain games we can play, from board games to electronic games to computer-based, brain fitness specific training games (which have no unique scientific benefit, but can boost your stick-to-it-tiveness by acting as a personal trainer for your brain). Learn How to Remember. Strategies that help us learn and retain information are key for improving everyday memory. While things such as timed brain games or eating a brain healthy diet certainly support better memory, we still need a bit of a boost when it comes to remembering things such as passwords, directions and - everyone's favorite! - names. Studies have long supported the use of task-specific memory strategies. For example, researchers at the University of Alabama found that using such strategies not only significantly improved recall but also that those gains in performance held over two years! Learn simple strategies to enhance your daily recall, such as making a connection between something you are learning (like the name "Florence") and something you already know (such as the actress Florence Henderson, or the Italian city of Florence). And don't forget those date books and "to do" lists! These "memory tools" are essential for keeping track of the things we have to do but that aren't worth memorizing! Get Schooled. A few years ago I was approached after a lecture by a gentleman who told me that every year he and his wife agree to try some new hobby or pursuit. That year, he's decided to learn guitar. His annual resolution is the perfect approach to always finding new challenges for your mind. Research shows that staying intellectually engaged over our lifetime can significantly lower our risk for memory impairment, in some studies by as much as 63%! While it isn't clear exactly why maintaining mental challenge matters to brain health, most likely such challenges encourage brain plasticity and may offer protection against deterioration over time.