2. How to improve brain memory

What is the memory? The memory is a mechanism that records, stores, and classifies information, making its subsequent retrieval possible. Strictly speaking, we can identify it with the capacity to save, but we already know that this saving is as substantial as the contents and structure of the information.

Forest of unicorns (Public domain image)
Forest of unicorns

How to improve any intellectual capability is always a recurrent topic. In this case, the first thing to keep in mind is the number of factors that influence the normal functioning of brain memory. Throughout this book, we will analyze the different types of memory according to several perspectives, and we will see how each of them has some characteristics that can help us improve the performance of memory.

Improving an intellectual or physical ability does not mean that a human can acquire the ability to fly or anything of the sort. It is to say; there are aspects in the brain configuration due to genetics and the early development that act as limits to the intellectual power.

Instead of how to improve memory it would be better to say how to exercise this brain capacity to achieve all its inherent possibilities. From this point of view, the best advice is that an appropriate intellectual exercise will always be healthy. However, even if we are not studying a list of elements, the Visigoth kings, or the rivers and their tributaries, memory is always working because the brain does not tend to cease so often.

Exercising does not mean a memorizing effort to remember everything all day. With the general educational system, we believe the human memory is sufficiently trained at least while attending school or university.

A significant part of brain memory labor is unconscious; there are not many ways of manipulating it except facilitating the conditions of its performance or, better said, trying not to interrupt its normal working.

The entire third book of the Global Cognitive Theory deals with how to improve brain memory; nevertheless, the following aspects have a special significance.

  • Memory works much more efficiently when learns something in a pleasant and relaxed environment. We all know that memory is selective and that we remember pleasant things much better and that we hardly remember the bad times; this effect is more weighty the older the memories are.

  • A complementary yet opposite aspect is that, when we are nervous, memory works poorly, confusing almost everything. It is important to discuss specific topics with as much calmness as possible, because otherwise, objective information starts to become confused, and there is no human way to reason or understand the emotions.

    It seems as if the resources of the memory manager were not free it would not work adequately.