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Minding Your Memory
Helping you find ways to build mental muscle     
Books by Allen D. Bragdon and David Gamon, PhD
 
13 Tips for Mega-Memory and Concentration
First You Have to Focus

SADConcentrating takes effort. In fact, most memory complaints have nothing to do with the actual ability of the brain to remember things. They come from a failure to focus properly on the task at hand. The brain is wired to tune out inputs that don’t spell S-U-R-V-I-V-A-L. Remembering the name of your girlfriend’s cat is not the first thing on your mind. So stop, concentrate, link it to someone or something with the same name.

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Memory is Plural
Different structures in the brain handle different kinds of memory
 
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You are not in control of most of your memory systems. Your brain has many types of memory to suit different needs to keep you alive. Those memories do different jobs. Some of them have names:

  • Short-term memory lets you remember a name or phone number long enough to enter it. It's brother...
  • Medium-term memory lets you remember what you had for breakfast yesterday that didn't agree with you today.
  • Working memory (the first to go) lets you keep a lot of data in mind while you sort through it to save what is important to you.
  • Primitive memory systems are similar to those of a reptile. They tell your human heart to pump blood to your cheeks when you are embarrassed or breath faster when your boss's secretary calls to say he wants to see you in his office.
  • Motor memory lets you steer a bike or soap up in the shower while you are thinking of something else.
  • Explicit memory clicks in when you rehearse something a lot until it comes naturally,
    because your system thinks it must be important to your survival. Teacher time.
  • Implicit memory already knows what just happened is so important for your survival it acts on your body before you know it. You cannot control it but it can control you. (Example: "If an acquaintance betrays me I can't remember her phone number any more.")

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Seasonal Affective Disorder
Sunny Side Ups to Beat the Winter Blues

Everyone who spends part of the year in a cold climate knows that it’s not unusual for people to feel a little more “down” in the winter than in the summer — an experience some have described as a kind of “emotional hibernation.” But for others winter can bring on a much more acute form of the common winter blues, a condition that triggers severe depression and sometimes even suicide. It has recently acquired a name: Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

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Memory and Concentration
Storing memories

confused man

Never underestimate your ability to forget. Your whole life — at age 5, 15, 35 — you’ve demonstrated expert skill at forgetting things, and you’ll remain that way until the end of your days. How does it help to know that? For one thing, it changes the questions you have to answer. Instead of asking “Why do I
forget?” maybe what you should really be asking is “Why do I remember?” That question has many answers, but if you’re worrying about your memory the simplest answer is probably this: because you paid attention.

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Building Mental Muscle
Building Mental Muscle
Over 230,000 copies sold
in the USA alone, plus translations into 14 languages worldwide.

 
Brains that Work a Little Bit Differently
Brains That Work a Little
Bit Differently

2nd best seller. Used in college Psychology courses. ADHD, Left Handedness, Autism, DejaVu, Child Geniuses
 
Building Left-Brain Power
Building Left-Brain
Power

It handles the details, like language skills. Every-day tips to use what you learn. Mental exercises that, when done, release serotonin, a feel-good hormone.
 
Learn Faster and Remember More Learn Faster &
Remember More

Three guides in one: How skills develop and are maintained through life: 1. Womb to adolescence; 2. Professional Years; 3. Slowing down the slowing down
 
Brain Building Games Brain Building Games
With Words & Numbers

Skill-graded challenges: easy to hard, logic, numbers, crypto-visual plus tricks to maximize performance in every one (176 of them). Another top seller.
 
Use It or Lose It Use It or Lose It!
As the mind matures it begins to lose essential abilities unless.... it is forced to work. Then it builds connections again into old age.
 
Exercises for the Whole Brain Exercises for the
Whole Brain
A breast-pocket full of visual mental-teasers to work out in spare moments. Now in 13 languages. Especially good for designers and creative thinkers.
 
Right Brain TeasersRight-Brain Teasers
How many of these photos of 60 old-time, household artifacts can you figure out how they worked and what they were used for? This taps the visual-spatial skills in your right brain. (Men are surprisingly good at this). See an interesting, detailed description when you turn the page after each photo. A fun Valentine gift , especially for elderly antique collectors and flea-market addicts.
 
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