Enhancing Memory… Times of India 4th Dec 2010

 
 

It is not lapse in memory but lapse in concentration which makes us vulnerable to think that it is memory loss. Therefore, memory is not the problem, using it is, says Dr Kapil Kakar

Our memory never fails us but we fail to recall certain facts. This happens as we unconsciously fail to memorize the facts by not exercising our brains enough and by not focusing and concentrating enough. This is not due to loss of memory. Failing memory is not related to age as much a it is related to how well we use it to our advantage. Short term memory is located in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain which further gets transferred to the hippocampus region. The longterm memory is stored in this area. We fail to remember when we are not able to pass the information from prefrontal cortex to hippocampus.

Concentrate: Concentration and focus on information and facts being presented to us by being more attentive in order to enable it to be transferred to the long-term memory. We fail to remember because we are trying to coexist between two thoughts which are unrelated and coming from different times. It is not lapse in memory but lapse in concentration which makes us vulnerable to think that it is memory loss. Therefore, memory is not the problem, using it is.

Envision: Use your ‘seeing’ sense and visualize what is being said. Try looking up or in the person’s eyes, or both, as you listen to what is being said. This eliminates the chances of letting your mind wander off to things around.

Interact: Whether you are alone, trying to understand the situation or with someone, ask as many questions as you can. This not only propels clarity, but also helps you get further in to details, resulting in boosting your memory.

Reinforcement: The act of reinforcement is the key to memorizing things if done with concentration. With repetition, the neurons in your brain get a greater chance of interacting with each other. Therefore, the key to a good memory is repeating in your mind or with someone you know. Negative or ugly experiences should not be reinforced as this may lead to brooding, thereby making memory a liability.