What is short and long term memory?
Short-term memory or working memory lasts from a few seconds to a minute; the exact amount of time may vary somewhat. When you are trying to recall a telephone number that was heard a few seconds earlier, the name of a person who has just been introduced, or the substance of the remarks just made by a teacher in class, you are calling on short-term memory, or working memory.
Long-term memory lasts from a minute or so to weeks or even years. From long-term memory you can recall general information about the world that you learned on previous occasions, memory for specific past experiences, specific rules previously learned, and the like.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to?
Remember names and phone number
Remember our study notes for exams
Recall our childhood memories
Not be so forgetful about what we were in the middle of doing
What can I do to fix my memory problem?
Keep your brain active.
The brain is not a muscle, but regularly “exercising" the brain actually does keep it growing and spurs the development of new nerve connections that can help improve memory. By developing new mental skills—especially complex ones such as learning a new language or learning to play a new musical instrument—and challenging your brain with puzzles and games you can keep your brain active and improve its physiological functioning.
Regular aerobic exercise improves circulation and efficiency throughout the body, including in the brain, and can help ward off the memory loss that comes with aging. Exercise also makes you more alert and relaxed, and can thereby improve your memory uptake, allowing you to take better mental “pictures."
Chronic stress, although it does not physically damage the brain, can make remembering much more difficult. Even temporary stresses can make it more difficult to effectively focus on concepts and observe things. Try to relax, practice yoga or other stretching exercises, tai-chi, or walking is excellent to relieve stress as well.
A Health diet contributes to a healthy brain, and foods containing antioxidants—broccoli, blueberries, spinach, and berries. Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, flaxseed, walnuts and canola oil) appear to promote healthy brain function. It is better to graze throughout the day rather than to eat 3 large meals. 3 small meals and 2 snacks daily is better for your metabolism and also seems to improve mental functioning (including memory) by limiting dips in blood sugar, which may negatively affect the brain
Often we forget things not because our memory is bad, but rather because our observational skills need work. One common situation where this occurs (and which almost everyone can relate to) is meeting new people. Often we don’t really learn people’s names at first because we aren’t really concentrating on remembering them. You’ll find that if you make a conscious effort to remember such things, you’ll do much better. One way to train yourself to be more observant is to look at an unfamiliar photograph for a few seconds and then turn the photograph over and describe or write down as many details as you can about the photograph. Try closing your eyes and picturing the photo in your mind. Use a new photograph each time you try this exercise, and with regular practice you will find you’re able to remember more details with even shorter glimpses of the photos.
Create vivid, memorable images.
You remember information more easily if you can visualize it. If you want to associate a child with a book, try not to visualize the child reading the book – that's too simple and forgettable. Instead, come up with something more jarring, something that sticks, like the book chasing the child, or the child eating the book. It's your mind – make the images as shocking and emotional as possible to keep the associations strong.
Repeat things you need to learn.
The more times you hear, see, or think about something, the more surely you’ll remember it, right? It’s a no-brainer. When you want to remember something, be it your new co-worker’s name or your best friend's birthday; repeat it at least 3 times, either out loud or silently. Try writing it down; think about it.
Supplements Feed your brain with such supplements as Thiamine, Vitamin E, Niacin and Vitamin B-6, Omega-3 fatty acids and Ginkgo Biloba
Natural HGH Complex is fantastic, because it works on the hormonal system throughout the body; it has an effect on most of the bodies functions. I find that it helps with memory retention and also helps you to think more clearly.
Super greens & Super Reds are loaded up with a full range of antioxidants and nutrients. They will also help improve your circulation and metabolism.