memory improvement with Tony Buzan

Brain Games, Exercise, Study and Chemistry

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

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