"Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things." - Cicero
Imagine this, you have a great idea yet you do not have a way to capture it. The pen and pad is not around. You do not want to lug around your laptop. What do you do?
Life usually happens and that great thought that you had disappears. The thought disappears because you become preoccupied with other things. The phone rings, another idea loss. The dog urinates on the floor, another idea loss. The wife or husband starts cooking dinner and you gravitate towards the kitchen, another idea loss.
How can we improve our memory given all the distractions that occur on a daily basis?
What is Memory?
Memory quotes provides an awesome quote by Alexander Smith that suggests that:
Memory is a function of the brain: the ability to retain information. Memory is much studied by cognitive psychology and neuroscience. There are multiple types of classifications for memory based on duration, nature and retrieval of perceived items. The terms "storage" and "memory" may also refer to the parts of a digital computer that retain physical state (data) for some interval of time, possibly even after electrical power to the computer is turned off. Where both terms are in use, "memory" is generally used for the faster forms, and "storage" for the slower forms.
Memory is a man's real possession...In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
Alexander Smith's quote suggests that memory relates to the ability to retain and store information. Recalling dates, time, people's names, etc are things that we do on a regular basis.
I learned most of my memory tricks in high school. Remember staying up late at night to study for a test or quiz? I do. High School provided students with the ability to cramp or chunk information in hopes of retaining it for a quiz or test. Did we retain the information? nope. We only focused on passing the test or quiz, memorization of the actual concepts was not a requirement.
What factors affect memory loss?
As we continue to progress in age the ability to retain memory decreases. Nikhil Swaminathan suggests that research has shown that bundles of axons (tubular projections sent out by neurons to signal other nerve cells) wither over time.
Your lifestyle, health habits, and daily activities have a huge impact on the health of your brain (Helpguide.org, 2012). Stress is a big factor that affects memory loss. I also believe that stress affects one's lifestyle, health habits, and daily activities (the domino effect is crazy).
The lack of exercise also increases the potential for stress. Exercise is effective because it increases brain growth and it helps alleviate stress, depression, and anxiety.
The lack of sleep also attributes to memory loss. Helpguide.org (2012) suggests that sleep deprivation also reduces the growth of new neurons in the hippocampus and causes problems with memory, concentration, and decision-making. It can even lead to depression — another memory killer.
How do we retain memory?
+ We retain memory with written devices (pad and pen, etc)
+ We retain memory with audio devices
+ We retain memory by rhyming
+ We retain memory by exercising
+ We retain memory by laughing
+ We retain memory by socializing
+ We retain memory with visual aids
+ We retain memory by chunking
Enhance Your Memory With An iPhone App
Rabison Shumba (2010) suggested that audio recordings have evolved over the years ranging from the old magnetic tapes, into Compact Disks (CDs), and now onto audio files such as MP3 which can be emailed or on the computer.
Actors, emcees, students, professionals, etc rely on the power of memorization. Actors have to memorize lines, emcees have to memorize lyrics, students and professional have to memorize speeches, poems, and more. People memorize things differently.
I found that I memorize things better when I use audio devices. Audio devices are very beneficial for me because it allows me to memorize lyrics quicker. Memorization is very effective especially if you are paying for studio time. Memorization is also effective when you have a performance.
When I switched to Team Verizon and purchased the iPhone, I had to find an audio device that would make it easier for me to memorize things. I decided that the iTalk Recorder Premium app helped enhance my memory.
The iTalk Recorder has made it easier for me to record (practice) my verses on the go. All I have to do is press record and store the recording. Consistent playback will keep the verse or song engrained in one's mind. This is advantageous because it gives the song writer/emcee/singer etc the opportunity to play around and experiment with the delivery.
The iTalk Recorder is effective because:
- It is a full-featured recording app with a streamlined and intuitive user interface. Press the big red button to record; press it again to stop. You can append to existing recordings, choose from three levels of recording quality (11.025, 22.05, or 44.10 kHz sample rates), and manage your recordings, all with just a fingertip.
- You can email recordings
- It is compatible with iPhone models, iPad models, and iPod Touch (2nd Generation and up)
- There is a FREE version and a Premium version