Tag Archives: memory

Doorway Memory Loss

How many times have you walked into a room and when you got there, you couldn’t remember why? That has happened to me so many times that I was beginning to think that I was losing my memory! Good news for anyone else who has experienced these episodes. Gabriel Radvansky, PhD of Notre Dame published a study in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Professor Radvansky states that exiting or entering through a doorway serves as an “event boundary” in our mind which separates episodes of activity and files them away. I apparently have a darn good file system. Have you experienced this and what did you think it was from?

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Improve Your Memory

If you want to improve your memory and focus, try a walk in the park or looking at pictures of nature on your computer. According to psychologists at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, interacting with nature, whether outside or viewing pictures increases memory performance and attention span by 20%. Walking in an urban area apparently doesn’t have the same benefit, but walking in nature, whether it’s summer or winter, can have similar effects as meditating. Where can you walk?

Doodle Your Memory Better

If you complain that your memory isn’t as sharp as it used to be, the next time you have a not so exciting meeting at work, try doodling. You will remember more info from the meeting. According to psychologist, Jackie Andrade of the University of Plymouth in England, you’ll have better recall if you were doodling. Doodling is a simple task with just enough energy to keep you focused. Now I know why all my notebooks in school looked like that!

Memory and Magnesium

We all have times that we forget little things and concern about our memory (or lack of) can be frustrating. According to a study published in Neuron, neuroscientists at MIT and Tsinghua University in Beijing, found that increasing brain magnesium improves memory. The study highlights the importance of a diet with sufficient magnesium. Great sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews and spinach. Maybe we’ll find our car keys if we snack on a handful of almonds…