Imagine the power of being able to memorize anything faster.
Think about how much time you’d have, how much you could shorten the learning curve, and how much more success you could achieve.
So much of what we read and absorb today is forgotten in our brains; we are not leveraging our time to its full potential. How many times have you had to read through a book two or three times because you couldn’t remember the information inside?
Apply these five research-backed ways to improve your memory, and you’ll be memorizing faster in no time.
1. Give it meaning
Meaning can be the difference between understanding something on an emotional level and forgetting it in an instant.
One research showed two people the same photograph of a face and told one of them that the guy was a baker and the other that his last name was Baker. After a few days, the researcher showed the same two subjects the same photograph and asked for the associating word.
The person who was told that the man was a “baker” remembered it much more easily. Can you guess why?
When you hear “baker” your brain associates visual representations of what it means to be a baker. He bakes bread, wears a big white hat–we are given a vivid illustration that most of us are familiar with, therefore giving it more meaning. Baker as a last name, on the other hand, is rather meaningless unless you already have a friend or colleague with that name.
This theory, known as the Baker/baker paradox, teaches us that we should train ourselves to translate more meaning into information we want to make memorable.
2. Exercise that body!
You’ll rarely find anyone who dedicated their lives to physical health with memory dysfunctions. Exercise enhances blood circulation and oxygen to our brain, giving it more functionality.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association supports that even 150 minutes of walking per week will reduce the risk of developing dementia and age-related memory loss.
As an added benefit, exercise is known to release dopamines in our bodies, which reduces depression and stress, two major causes of memory loss.