Improve Short Term Memory
Hopefully I can remember to practice improving my short term memory long enough to practice improving my short term memory.
Your short term memory is probably not that bad, so we can go ahead and begin to look at the best tools for improving it.
The number one best tool for improving short term memory?
Physical exercise! More blood to the brain helps memory.
So this is starting to sound like one of those brain fitness workout/trainer kinds of things isn't it?
So for a quick, hard hitting picture of brain fitness, to develop an understanding of why a fit brain is the foundation of improved memory, please read the cheap at twice the price e-book written by Simon Evans,Ph.D, and Paul Burghardt,Ph.D., called Brainfit For Life. Evans and Burghardt lay out for us non-neuroscientists a compelling case for taking care of the pillars of brain fitness if we want to have a highly functioning brain throughout our life span.
We achieve said brain fitness by taking care of the pillars of brain fitness, physical activity/exercise, nutrition including lots of antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acid, getting good sleep, managing stress, and that can happen heart beat by heart beat, and lastly, engaging in novel learning experiences, which can include the use of the Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro.
The most important brain fitness pillar is physical exercise, the kind that makes you breath deeply enough while you are doing it to make conversation and breathing difficult to do at the same time.
You do not need to join an expensive club or buy expensive workout clothes to get increased blood flow to your brain, the kind that helps your brain grow new brain cells, called neurogenesis. Yes, new neurons which move to the hippocampus, an important part of the brain's memory apparatus.
You can get the necessary blood flow to your brain by doing a little more of what you are already doing, like strolling around the neighborhood a little faster for a little longer, or you can join an exercise club, and do more, which is an excellent choice for your overall health.
Since your neurons are made of mostly omega 3 fatty acid, which needs to be replenished through our diet, it is important to either include it in your diet, or supplement. The next brain fitness pillar is the stress management pillar, which may seem counter-intuitive to you, but your higher perceptual centers in your brain actually open up when you are relaxed, so practice deep breathing, or use a heart rate variability biofeedback tool called Heartmath to relax in a heart beat.
There is a link to Heartmath in the right column of this page.
After you are relaxed, perhaps you will take a nap, and when you awake fully restored, you will be ready to try the computerized program based on the dual n back research that Evans and Burghardt discuss.
The Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro take about 1/2 hour per day, for 19 days, and the researchers say it increases I.Q.
What I know after practicing it is that my attention improved, and I could stay with a topic or a concept for long enough to commit in to short term memory.
So for increased brain fitness, exercise, eat well, sleep often, use the Heartmath tool, and practice Mind Sparke.
Heartmath and Mind Sparke are learned once you finish your training and will be available on demand, so you will be able to commit those winning lottery combinations to your improved short term memory.
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