Improved memory is one of the most desired mental skills. That’s especially true for people over 40 who are starting to worry if why they can’t remember where they put the car keys is “just showing your age” or could be something worse.
Experience and science show that there are ways to significantly improve memory using training, better food such as LCHF (low-carbohydrate high-fat) diet that enables brain-sharpening ketogenesis, and nootropic supplements such as Ciltep.
You should generally start any effort to improve brain function with improved diet first. Often brain function is less than optimal because of missing nutrients, blood glucose roller coasters caused by high carbohydrate diets (like the diets consumed by most Americans), or because of high levels of toxins in food and drink.
Once you are prepared to start brain training, you must realize that all the following sources of brain training techniques depend upon you practicing their methods for many hours. When you practice, whether it is for mental skills like memory or physical skills used in sports, the myelin sheathing used to insulate your nervous system pathways is strengthened. This allows higher nerve conduction velocity, resulting in improved speed, and also makes the skill or information practiced more persistant. There’s a widely repeated saying that it takes 10,000 times of practicing or 10,000 of performing some activity to become an expert at it. This applies to memory training, also. Whether your study material is free or costs $1000, probably your biggest investment is going to be your time practicing how to apply your choice of memory improvement techniques.
Mind Tools Offers some free web pages on techniques to improve memory. See Mind Tools Memory Techniques.
Most of these books are priced around $10 each which is much less expensive than most memory training courses.
World Memory Champion Dominic O’Brien’s ”How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week: 52 Proven Ways to Enhance Your Memory Skills” provides a 52 lesson course on improving memory. You could complete multiple lessons per day, or space them out to one per week as suggested by the author. This is the latest title of many books on human memory written by Dominic O’Brien. The book earns 4 out of 5 stars in Amazon reviews. One of the advantages to this title is that it include self-testing so you can tell if you are learning to apply the memory techniques successfully.
Magician Harry Lorayne teams up with basketball star Jerry Lucas in ”The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play”. This book contains many practical techniques for improving memory for common needs such as phone numbers, lists, and appointments. Most of the advice relates to the use of mnemonics, a memory trick used to associate information you want to remember with something hard to forget such as patterns of letters that already have a meaning to you. This title earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon reviews.
In ”Your Memory : How It Works and How to Improve It”, psychologist Kenneth Higbee explains both practical memory techniques and the science behind how human memory works. There is also a discussion on how aging impacts memory. The title earned 4.5 out of 5 Amazon stars. Reviewers noted that it is more academic with more background information and less emphasis on practical techniques than the ”The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play”.
If you’d rather listen to an audiobook (audio CD set) rather than read, Dominic O’Brien’s ”Quantum Memory Power: Learn to Improve Your Memory with the World Memory Champion!” offers a well-regarded audio training course on memory improvement techniques that is presented in about 6.5 hours. Of course, you will need to spend many more hours practicing to learn to expertly apply the skills he teachers. This audiobook has earned 4.5 of 5 Amazon stars. Reviewers noted the pace and presentation is among the best of audio training materials covering memory improvement techniques.
In Dave Asprey’s interview of Swedish Memory Champion Mattias Ribbing, Mattias mentioned he got his start with his amazing memory skills via the School of Phenomenal Memory that sells a 60 lesson course that costs roughly $400. He says that it requires roughly two hours per day for four days per week for four months to complete this course. Listen to the interview to hear other information on how diet and supplements have helped improve his memory.
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