Memory

Remembering names, numbers and faces, the ability to recall information fast and accurately.

Memories … It’s so easy to leave them behind you, and like the lyrics of the musical Cats you need to “let the memory live again”. However to do that, you need to train your brain to retain memories and create simple frameworks to help you access them.

Some people find it simple to remember faces but not names, and others are completely the reverse. There are persons who remember numbers effortlessly and others that grapple with even 4 digits. Yet most of us can improve our abilities if regular training with memory games is performed.

Memory is split in two:

  • Short term or working memory
  • Long term memory

The first one you need whilst  going about your daily life, in order to remember simple things like a shopping list, or what emails you really need to answer today. On the other hand, long term memories are mostly those life events that get recorded meticulously and don’t run that much of a risk of getting wiped off the slate.

Living a stressful life can affect your memory and this cognitive ability can start to decline. Less short term memories will be translated to long term ones, resulting in sad situations where people have a blackout in parts of their lives as they cannot remember what has happened.

Lack of sleep also affects memory, as it is during the time that you are asleep that your memories get consolidated. Pretty much like within the movie “Inside Out”, but with less colourful sorting systems!

Then there are also different medical conditions that affect memory – ranging from mild cognitive impairment to dementia and Alzheimer’s. In some of these cases, deterioration will continue to happen no matter what, although thankfully with new medical research it is now possible to slow down the rate of degeneration.

References:

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/braintraining
http://www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/memory/types-of-memory
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jvchamary/2015/08/30/inside-out-science/