Admission: I’m often forgetful.
In fact, I’ve forgotten more things than I can remember.
But, don’t get too smug.
Odds are that you, like almost every human, have a memory that’s approximately goldfish.
It’s because our super-special brains are only capable of holding 4-7 “fun-sized” bits of information at a time in our working memory
Wan't to see if you can do better?
Take a glance at this set of numbers:
1 – 8 – 6 – 2 – 5 – 5 – 5 – 6 – 3 – 5 - 7
Now close your eyes and try to recall the numbers.
If you can, congratulations!
Only 1% of people can do this. This is because the brain is trying to take in 11 chunks of information instead of 4-7.
Let’s look at the number a different way:
By formatting the bits like a phone number, it becomes much easier to remember. Our memory is able to expand when we effectively break down information into manageable chunks.
That said, our brain’s frontal lobes only keep that information for a few seconds. Then, another set of “chunks” will catch our attention. Worse, the learning centers of our brains can only deal with one or two ideas at a time.
So to efficiently learn anything, key information must get absorbed with precision. Then, your brain needs time to absorb it and encode it into long-term memory.
Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel explains in his book In Search of Memory that your brain needs rest to form long-term memories. This is why top athletes and other performers divide their practice into time-limited sessions with breaks.
During these breaks, it’s best to spend time daydreaming.
Many consider mind-wandering a bad habit, but when you daydream your awareness expands throughout your brain. Meanwhile, hundreds of thoughts get processed and stored in your deeper memory.
You can improve your recall by taking just 60 seconds to let your mind wander after you learn something new. Just sit back, relax, and let your mind go anywhere it wants. The same holds true if you’ve been focusing on a task for a while. If you set alarms to give yourself micro-vacations, your performance will improve.
By learning in small chunks and giving yourself seconds to daydream, your performance can soar like a pterodactyl.
The Science of Weakening Trauma and Becoming More Positive
NOTE: This article is intended for educational purposes only. If you are struggling with trauma, we highly recommend that you
The Best Way to Access Your Creativity
It is a common misconception that creativity is like some sort of creature from alternate dimension that needs a proper
The World We “See” in Our Mind is Not the World Our Eyes and Brain Perceives
Have a look see at this chart used by neuroscientists Fuster, Crick and Koch to wrap your head around the
The “Survival Kit” of Mindfulness Techniques for Empaths
Empathy is the ability to “put yourself in the shoes” of other people and deeply connect with their experiences. The