As technology rapidly develops, we depend on it more and more to make our lives easier. But does it? With easy access to information readily available to us via our computers, cell phones, and television — all sources that have all-inclusive storage and memory capacities — do we depend on these sources so much that we have lost our own ability to store and recall information?
Fortunately, leading memorization techniques can help us with spontaneous recollection without depending on technology. These techniques improve memory through natural methods. We no longer need to worry about forgetting birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, or other important dates, not to mention the ramifications!
Not long ago, it was believed that adults stopped growing brain cells. In fact, it was all we could do to keep from destroying the ones we had. Any trauma to the head could put us at serious risk of destroying our existing neurons.
Now, we know that this is not the case. Research shows that new cells develop in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain in which we store memories. Every day, we grow thousands of new brain cells. There is, however, one catch: only those of us who participate in active learning get to keep them.
Memorization techniques typically rely on three methods to improve memory, including:
- Visualization methods which help you store symbolic information. Photographic memories can easily recall details using pictures.
- Storytelling, which includes creating stories that help us recall difficult information. Using stories engages the brain, then enhancing memory.
- Repetition, which can help with the memorization of numerical data as well as other types of information.
Think of these memorization techniques as a workout for your brain. By devoting a short amount of time for memory, you will experience a new level of enhanced memory function.
Remember the old adage, "Use it or lose it"? Our brains are actually muscles that are composed of two elements; gray matter and white matter. The gray matter is composed of cell bodies of the nerve cells, and the white is composed of the axons that transmit nerve signals to the other neurons.
Muscles do, in fact, have memory, and the more we actively use our brains, the stronger we will be. In fact, our potential as human beings is unlimited.
This is an important discovery, because while scientists have known for some time that mental agility claims senility and dementia, it is only now that they have begun to discover why.
With this recent discovery, we embark on a new era, with a bevy of research and technology in a wide range of disciplines that directly aligned in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, in particular sciences, social sciences, and engineering.
Scientists now have the opportunity to further the dialogue that aims to gain a better understanding of the human condition through the study of the mind. What they are now learning about the brain is teaching us how to resolve issues that range from sleep deprivation to mental illness to memory loss, and with this knowledge we are able to fight dementia, improve sleep, improve overall health, and increase memory and intelligence .