HOW TO BOOST MEMORY POWER?
By Virender Mehta (Dictionary Man)
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“It is highly unfortunate on the part of human race that they are unable to recognize their hidden potential. They are only using one out of lakh part of their capabilities and even by using this very part, they are today counted in the list of highly sage people,” says Swami Vivekananda.
The invaluable gift Brain is given by God to us, but we are ignorant to use the capacities of the brain effectively. Self restraint is the key to achieve strong Memory Power.
There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point, That is the secret. You will learn from this Article to make the effective use of your God gifted equipments.
The need of the hour is to recognize our unused and hidden capabilities. And this Article would prove highly beneficial for recognizing yourself. You would derive vedic and scientific sutras that help you a lot in achieving your lofty goals. With this Article you would get a direction that, in turn, help you to excel in every field of life.
The most preponderant power of the brain is concentration power. If you have strong concentration power then not only temporal, you can achieve what is eternal. This power is based upon the power of thoughts which is also called our belief system. You can make every impossible possible by strengthening your belief system.
The most eminent scientist Albert Einstein, was very weak in academics during his childhood. He was even expelled from school due to lack of verbal skills. But he made his name all over the world by discovering the theory of relativity. He did so by learning the sutras of Indian Vedas and shastras and thus enhancing his concentration and observation power. According to our Vedas, memory is a vriti (Impression) and deeper this impression is, the stronger will be our retention.
Our brain is divided into two parts- left brain and right brain. These parts of the brain are sub-divided by a wall of fibers called as corpus callosum.
There are innumerable brain cells called neurons in our brain. We have a very complex nexus of neuron networks.
Our Conscious and Subconscious brain
About conscious brain
· It is active every time when we are thinking, walking and eating.
· It deals with the working of our left brain.
About Sub-conscious brain
· It is the most powerful part of the brain that has been storing all kind of information since the day we were born. It even stores the information that we are not consciously aware of. It works under self hypnosis.
· This brain is capable to do anything for us. We can easily call it “Alladin Ka Chirag”.
· This brain stores all the information in terms of pictures.
· It is very vast repository of images.
· It has photographic memory. It can easily recall the images.
· It deals with our imagination power. The most seminal point is to nurture it.
· It can be nurtured with self hypnosis process by giving it auto instructions.
· It is the super computer of our brain.
First of all, we have need to understand, what is information? How and where our brain stores the information? One more question is how to locate the information. To answer the above questions let us understand the principle of information storage in our memory. What our brain actually memorize, we fail to notice that.
In real words brain doesn’t memorize any information however brain generates information. That information can be in the form of words, images and music. This information is not fixed in our brain. It does not exist in our brain in any form not in words or images and not in the form of electric impulses. We can experience number of objects in our surroundings. Every object emits physical and chemical signals which are received by our five sense organs. Our sense organs eyes and ears catch these signals.
The information which our brain stores that is in the form of connections. There is always connection among objects in the outside world. Say for example the Vehicles on the roads, fruits in the trees. The stars always in the sky and the fish swim in the sea. All these are connections among outside world. Therefore, this is concluded that our brain memorizes connections. When we see a vase with the rose in it on the table, our brain memorize the connection between rose, vase and table. The brain can not memorize the images. When we see a vase, it acts upon our eyes, a connection appears and our brain generates the image of rose, vase and table. The brain is not any repository or any information store house. It can generate only connections. The process of creating connections is memory. Our brain is the engine used for fixing the connections, when the stimulus comes from outside it recalls the connection.
The three important processes occurred in the Brain.
· Encoding – process of translating info into neural codes (language) that will be retained in memory
· Storage – the process of retaining neural coded info over time
· Retrieval – the process of recovering info from memory storage
There are also two types of Long Term Memories:-
1. Explicit Memory / Declarative Memory
2. Implicit Memory / Non Declarative Memory
Explicit Memory:- this is the memory with Conscious recall. This is again two types of memories.
1. Semantic Memory (General Knowledge)
2. Episodic Memory (Personnel Experiences)
o Semantic memory is the memory concerned with storage of facts. But the Episodic memory refers to autobiographical information as to where and when an event happened.
Implicit Memory is the memory without conscious recall. This is the Procedural Memory concerned with learned actions and skills.
· There is one more type of particular memory called Flashbulb memory- this is the memory concerned with the locations where we heard some thing and that is in our memory. Like where were you when you first heard:
o That The WTC had been crashed into?
o That the federal building had been bombed in Oklahoma City?
o That Princess Diana had been killed in a car wreck?
Anatomy of Memory
We have five important parts in the Anatomy of Memory.
Functions of Five important parts :-
Amygdala: emotional memory and memory consolidation.
Basal ganglia & cerebellum: memory for skills, habits.
Hippocampus: memory recognition, spatial, episodic memory, laying down new declarative long-term memories.
Thalamus: formation of new memories and working memories.
Cortical Areas: encoding of factual memories, storage of episodic and semantic memories, skill learning.
Memory is a cerebrum psychic process. Psychologists explain five psychic process – memory, attention, thinking, sensation and representation. Imagination is a process of interaction between thinking and our representation. Memory process is responsible for the fixation of connections between different signals appearing at the same moment.
Encoding method of the Memory
This is the most important method of the memory which is used to encode the abstract data. First we understand the word encoding. This is the process of converting abstract data (texts, alphabets, characters and digits) into specific language called brain language. Our brain language is of photographic pictures. We will convert abstract words into the words which are called Substitution words or link words or key words also. It means we will memorize abstract words with the help of link words. Now, we can understand this process with the help of some examples.
Say for example we want to encode the information of names of country and its capital.
Albania is the country and the capital is Tirane.
Now, Albania is abstract word. We can convert this word Albania into tangible word Album. We will convert the word Tirane into the word Rain. Now in this process the word Album has same sound as the word Albania in enunciation. Similarly, the word Rain has same sound as the word Tirane in enunciation.
Similarly, the link words for the following words are :-
Angola – Luanda
Angola- link word is Gari Gola
Luanda link word is Lawn
Similarly, we can make the link word of any abstract word. We just have need to practice this process.
BASIC LAW OF THE MEMORY
Law of Association:-
Association means Linking or Connection. This is the association between two information. One information is already in our Brain. Second information is in the outer world which we are to memorize. This Law establishes the connection between these two information.
When we link two information subconsciously, then the Association is called Subconscious Association.
Now, we will learn how to link two objects. Say, for example, there are two objects- Door and phone, then we can associate these two objects by making an imagination in which a Phone is hanging on the Door.
Applications of the Law of Association:-
1. Used in memorizing GK.
2. Used in memorizing Countries and their Capitals.
3. Used in memorizing Vocabulary
4. Used in memorizing Names of the Faces
5. Used in memorizing the qualities, facts and the hobbies of people.
6. Used in memorizing Academics
Say for example, we want to memorize that the machine used by blind people to read discovered by Louis Braille.
Now first we will encode this information. The word Louis Braille can easily be encoded into the word Rail (Braille). Now we can imagine a situation where we are looking a train which is moving with full of Blind People. This visualization will help us to recall this information even after the long time.
How it is possible to memorize English Vocabulary?
Vocabulary is nothing but the set of abstract words. All the words are non tangible things. As we know our brain is not capable to memorize abstract information. We have need to convert the abstract language onto brain language. This can easily be done with the help of encoding method then we will link the meaning of the word with the encoded word of the given word. This process is basically concerned with the photographic memory. We have to bring clarity in our Visualization system. We have required a great practice to master this methodology. The link word of the given word is also called the Key word.
There are some rules for making these Key words (Algorithm).
Select one word to represent a longer thought or several subordinate thoughts.
- Generate your own keywords.
- Construct an image between the keyword & the word to learn.
- Keyword should be linked with the image and image should be linked with the word to learn.
- Keywords should be visualizable.
- Keywords should be interacting.
Keywords are memory links here and connected with the imaginations also.
Say for example the word we want to memorize is Persuade means to convince or to influence.
Now, we can easily encode the word Persuade into the word Purse with the help of Encoding method.
Now, we can imagine A Woman is being persuaded to buy a purse.
With the same method we can memorize many words of the English Language.
Say for example
Meaning taking a lot of time and effort
SYN onerous, taxing
Memory Link Lab ki Bori, Labor
Imagination A Labor is lifting lots of bories, So, he is laborious person.
Usage a laborious task / process
Meaning to run with quick short steps SYN scuttle:
Memory Link hurry, curry
Imagination You scurry in hurry for curry.
Usage She said goodbye and scurried back to work
extremely unpleasant and causing disgust SYN appalling, disgusting:
Memory link bomb
Imagination The Bomb explosion was abominable.
Usage The judge described the attack as an abominable crime.
a very deep wide space or hole that seems to have no bottom
Memory link Bees KM deep
Imagination This Abyss is 20 (bees) KM deep.
Usage an abyss of ignorance / despair / loneliness
Fear of height
Memory link crow
Imagination A crow engenders acrophobia to him
Usage Suffering from acrophobia.
If you want to enhance your Memory and Word Power and prepare you for all the competitive exams effectively.
Best of Luck for your sharp Memory Power!
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