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Improve Memory Skills: Memory Improvement Techniques for All Ages

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Welcome to Improve Memory Skills. This website is a free step-by-step guide to memory improvement, whether you're concerned about aging memory loss or you just want to sharpen your brain and enhance your studying skills. It covers a plethora of easy memory improvement techniques including brain training, memory vitamins, memory exercises, and more.

If you are new to this site, select the image that best defines you, or keep reading to find out more about the different ways to boost your memory.

What is Memory?

Memory is the mental activity of recalling experiences and information. It is a complex process that involves many different areas of the brain. Just like muscular strength, the more you flex it - the stronger it will become. This means that very simple memory exercises (like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand) can quickly forge new memory processes.

What Are The Different Types of Memory?

Your short term memory acts as a temporary workspace, from which data is either processed and stored - or thrown out for being irrelevant.

Your long term memory lasts for years, both consciously (like education) and unconsciously (like phobias). Science has many fancy names for different types of long term recall, such as declarative memory (such as factual or emotional memories) and procedural memory (such as how to ride a bicycle).

A rare but extraordinary type of memory is called an eidetic (or photographic) memory, defined by the ability to remember vivid images and sounds with astonishing precision.

What Causes Memory Loss?

The most common cause of memory loss is aging, due to deterioration of the brain tissues, loss of neurons, and decreased blood flow to the brain.

The brain stops growing and starts shrinking at 20 years old, and from that point we experience a slowing down in our ability to process new data. This translates to a poorer memory (not technically memory loss as the name suggests). Other more serious causes of memory loss include Alzheimer's Disease, head trauma, and many others.

How Can I Improve My Memory Skills?

This website is all about improving memory skills by focusing on three main areas of easy memory improvement:

  1. Brain TrainingBrain training such as the online games created by scientists over at Lumosity. Puzzles and memory games are excellent ways to keep your mind sharp as you age. It's also ideal for students who want to enhance their memory further and achieve peak mental performance.
  3. Memory Improvement TechniquesMemory improvement techniques such as mnemonic devices which turn dry data into lively visual scenes which are much easier to recall. Learning a couple of mnemonic systems can supercharge your memory capacity for names, phone numbers and other random data.
  5. Memory VitaminsMemory vitamins such as a B vitamin complex to improve the speed at which you process new information. Another popular supplement for memory is fish oil containing Omega-3 fatty acids. For more details see my list of the best memory vitamins and supplements.

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