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How to improve memory?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ButcherPete, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. ButcherPete

    ButcherPete Regular Member

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    Sup BHW.

    I have this problem of constantly forgetting really simple things, like
    - Appointments or social engagements with people
    - Tasks at work (like "make sure you shut down this machine before you leave")
    - Things at the grocery store (yes, even if I have a list)
    - Cooking-related stuff, like if have some bread dough rising, I'll forget all about it and it will go bad. Or sometimes I forget to turn off the oven (this can be dangerous!)

    Just today, I went to the store to buy some ham, and I stepped in my apartment and set the ham on the table. I said to myself, "don't forget to put the ham in the fridge" but as soon as I took my shoes off, I forgot already. I found the ham sitting there an hour or two later (luckily it hadn't been there long enough to go bad, but it could have)

    Is there any way to improve memory? I know gingko biloba is supposed to be good for that, but you have to keep taking the pills every day... And yes, I will even forget to take the pills! I have bottle of fish oil pills I planned to take every day, but I've only taken like 10 because I forget about them every day.

    So I guess my question is, is there a permanent way to improve your memory? Thanks!
     
  2. spids

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    When you say something to yourself do it right away if possible.

    Also be more organized, have a planner and make lists.
     
  3. Tensegrity

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    The best way to improve your memory is through mental exercise. The following could help:

    - Take IQ tests regularly
    - Play "Memory", ya know that game with the cards facing down and you try to match them (there are online versions, I'm sure)
    - Use your left hand for things that you normally use your right for
    - Watch documentaries and/or lectures about science and math
    - Listen to classical music (called the "Mozart effect")
    - Take supplements for mental clarity, such as Ginko Biloba, vitamin B, vincamine and DMAE Bitartrate

    The following reaaallly helps exercise memory, though it can be frustrating at first, it's worth it:

    - Make a list of 10-15 things, like a brainstorm on any subject, in notepad on your computer. Then shut off your monitor and try to write the list with pen on paper from memory.
    - Do this once or twice a day (only takes 5 minutes)

    Memory, like any other brain function, needs to be strengthened with exercise because your brain will create permanent neural pathways from excessive and repetitive use, so if you are only taking supplements, it may help with mental clarity but nothing specific because you haven't actually created/strengthened those pathways yet.
     
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  4. Orbit143

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracetam

    take some of these, with a dose at least 3600mg/day you should see some improvement after a week or two.
    I was using this when I was studying for my final exams and it works great (of course I was takinga much bigger dose than recomended)
     
  5. CoyoteAssassin

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    You can play more mind-stressing games. There are plenty on the phone. This is something that older people do to help remember stuff but it's good for us all.

    I use to hear a commercial for a pill called Focus Factor. It may be around. Check it out and the reviews.
     
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    I have the exact same problem. You were describing my life in your OP. To make it worse my husband has the most incredible memory so I rely on him as a crutch and my memory is just getting worse. He got me the Mega Memory Course from Kevin Trudeau because that's how he got his super amazing memory when he as in high school (now in his thirties)... but I keep forgetting to complete the course. It would be funny if I weren't so pathetic. You can find the course on torrent sites. I can't vouch for the program from personal experience but my husband remembers the Senators from all 50 states from the past decade.
     
  7. ButcherPete

    ButcherPete Regular Member

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    Thanks for everyone's suggestions; I'll consider them.

    I was thinking about it today and it's weird, because certain things I remember very well. It seems to be long-term things, or things that are part of a routine, like watering my plants every day. Another example is that I have a ton of food recipes that I can remember off the top of my head. Also, I can remember about 50 cocktail recipes (this makes me a popular guy at parties) And I play an instrument that most people consider pretty complicated, and I can easily remember what notes are where, how to make every chord, how the songs go, etc.

    I'm guessing that I remember these because I have done them so many times, and the routine just gets them drilled into my head. The things that seem to give me the most trouble are special exceptions that deviate from my routine. I've noticed that at work, sometimes my boss will tell me about something that we're going to do different just for today, and I'll completely forget about it and do everything normally. Or being told that I have to come in an hour early (just for one day) messes me up pretty bad.
     
  8. Murdoch1337

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    I sometimes have the same problem. I just find that my mind is so scatter brained with so many things going on at once. With more than 25 websites to manage, plus a bunch of other side projects, I find that I'm always forgetting some of the details.

    So far, I've found that the only way to really make sense of it all and keep track of everything is to use lists. They might not be the best solution, but they seem to be pretty effective for me. Whenever I have free time, I create a list of things I need to do. The second I think of anything else that I need to do, I add it to the list (before I forget). Then throughout the day I just go through the list and systematically get things done.