memory improvement with Tony Buzan

There’s no article from us today, but here is a selection of links to articles elsewhere on the web that our readers may find interesting and useful. They’re not all about memory, but people interested in memory improvement will in many cases be interested in related areas of brain functioning. Here’s the first one, and there are more below.

How the brain pays attention
CAMBRIDGE, MA — Picking out a face in the crowd is a complicated task: Your brain has to retrieve the memory of the face you’re seeking, then hold it in place while scanning the crowd, paying special attention to finding a match. A new study by MIT neuroscientists reveals how the brain achieves this type of focused attention on faces or other objects: A part of the prefrontal cortex known as the inferior frontal junction (IFJ) controls visual processing areas that are tuned to recognize a specific category of objects, the researchers report …” [Read more]

What a mixture of terms in today’s title! We have an eclectic combination of recent articles ranging from the highly scientific to the down to earth and practical, a combination that we try to maintain here on “Memory Improvement Tips”. The practical bits are helpful immediately, but it’s also valuable to know what might be coming over the horizon. Both pure and applied research can often take a very long time to come through into day to day advice and memory techniques, but on the other hand some developments arrive surprisingly quickly.

The first report today relates to collaboration between academic researchers and a commercial games producer. (I hope they’ve got all their online privacy disclosures worked out; I’m sure they will)

Neuroscientists may soon be able to gain valuable insight into how people learn based on data crowd-sourced from online brain games that aim to help people improve their memory attention span and creativity. brain games that aim to help people improve their memory, attention span and creativity. One of those games makers, Lumos Labs Inc., recently raised $31.5 million … to support more than 40 online and mobile games and training exercises aimed at improving the brain’s cognitive functions. …..
Brain Games User Data May Improve Research – Wall Street Journal

Research aimed at eventually being able to help people know whether they really have taken in what they’re studying is reported in this next article. If successful it could lead to significant breakthroughs in memory improvement techniques through gaining a better understanding of the conditions under which the learning process is most effective.

“Research at Sandia National Laboratories has shown that it’s possible to predict how well people will remember information by monitoring their brain activity while they study. A team under Laura Matzen of Sandia’s cognitive systems group was the first to demonstrate predictions based on the results of monitoring test volunteers with electroencephalography (EEG) sensors. For example, “if you had someone learning new material and you were recording the EEG, you might be able to tell them, ‘You’re going to forget this, you should study this again,’ or tell them, ‘OK, you got it and go on to the next thing,'” …..”
Read more at: Monitoring brain activity during study can help predict test performance – Medical Xpress

Related to this, in my mind at least, is a study into the detailed chemistry of long-term memory.

A team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists has come closer to answering that question, identifying key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones. These proteins may offer a target for drugs that can enhance memory, alleviating some of the cognitive symptoms that characterize conditions …..
Read more at: Penn team finds key molecules involved in forming long-term memories

Finally in today’s run around the blogs, and for two items a little less scientific, take a look at The Way to Brain Health on the Chronogram blog. Another blog article I came across the other day was about the relationship between exercise and general feelings of wellbeing. It included an interesting comment about exercise and memory. What Happens to Our Brains During Exercise and Why it Makes Us Happier – Lifehacker


Memory? Or Heart? Which do you put first?

A very short post today to highlight a report by Scientific American of a study that suggests that “Elderly with Heart Risk Factors May Be More Dementia-Proof” A lot of things that are bad for your heart can also hurt your brain. High cholesterol, for example, contributes to heart disease. And it ups your risk […]

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Memory Improvement News – Green Tea, Cocoa and Doubts About Ginkgo

Here are two recent items of news on the “memory improvement” front. Chinese and Italian researchers have been studying the effects of two very different drinks on people’s memories – green tea and cocoa. For a long time there have been claims that green tea was good for the brain, and now a research team […]

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Music is Tonic for Memory and Mental Abilities

Music is Tonic for Memory and Mental Abilities “A range of cognitive benefits, including memory, was sustained for musicians between the ages of 60-80 if they played for at least 10 years throughout their life, confirming that maintenance of advantages is not reliant on continued activiRead more on this topic »

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Q & A: – Short Term Memory Loss – Yahoo! Answers

Lizzie asks… Anyone going thru a parent with short term memory loss due to heart disease? My Dad has had a heart attack in the past year and the last 2 yrs his short term memory loss has gotten worse – especially after the heart attack. It’s not Alzheimer’s – it’s heart disease that has […]

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Myalgic EncephaloMyelitisME Factfile

Myalgic EncephaloMyelitis factfile Symptoms vary but may also include muscle and joint pain, sleep disturbance, headaches, dizziness and problems with memory and concentration. It may be diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS). ….. Read more on this story Also here Our "News Items" section is designed to supply up […]

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Teenage Memory – The Reminiscence Bump

This is one of our “News Item” pages Teenage memory – the reminiscence bump Psychologist Dr. Steve Janssen said that more memories are accumulated between the ages of 10 and 20 than at any other time of life. Dr. Janssen has been studying the phenomenon, which is known as the reminiscence bump, as part of […]

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Q & A: – Memory Techniques – Yahoo! Answers

Susan asks… Memory techniques? Can you tell me of any memory techniques that can enable me to remember things fast? admin answers: I heard from a friend of mind that meditation can really help a lot.. They said “clearing your mind.. Would help you remember everything” not sure how she got that.. But definitely helps […]

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Memory and Concentration problem

This is a “News Item” page Memory & Concentration problem I have lost 3 family members within 3 years, my life has change so much that I sometimes suffer from memory loss and concentration, there are alot of things I …See all stories on this topic » The Souvenaid memory drink: What Alzheimer's experts say […]

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