How To

Enrich Your Memory

Blame it on the busy schedules, stress of life, life-style, adulteration or deficiencies in food intakes, forgetfulness – sudden loss of memory, lack of concentration, etc, seem to have become common complaint these days among not only the persons in their 50 or over, but also among many youths and children. This article throws light upon basic functional aspects of memory and presents some practically viable methods of improving memory.

Power of retention and efficient retrieval of knowledge is an important component of intellectual functions. If all the memory of past experience and acquired knowledge is wiped out, one would practically become like a newborn baby. Level of our knowledge is indicative of our intelligence to some extent. This is more important in case of mastering any professional skills or scholarly domains. A good teacher, layer or doctor, etc is required to have sound and substantial knowledge of his field (discipline) and also to possess sharp memory to make best use of this knowledge as and when necessary.

Amnesia or lack of memory is considered a mental deficiency or disease in general. In the normal course, whatever knowledge is perceived by the brain with the help of the sense organs and conscious mind-gets imbibed in the uncountable subtle layers of the receptor cells (neurons) in the brain. The more active and sensitive these cells, the finer would be the assimilation of knowledge. “Recording” on the dry and thick cells is blunt and unclear. If we draw a line in wet clay, it would create sharp and stable mark. However, doing the same on a rubber sheet would be of no use – the line so drawn would be very light and it would disappear after a short while, as soon as the elastic surface regains its original form. The lighter impressions on memory are not lost totally but remain dim and stored in the inactive layers of memory and cannot be retrieved unless specific efforts are made to activate those hidden or dormant regions of memory. When we try recall something, the conscious energy of mind stimulates bio-electrical currents of brain towards the associated memory layers and activates those layers of memory where the corresponding pattern or knowledge or information has been stored. If the receptor cells are less sensitive, the bio-electrical flows are not received or recognized by them and no retrieval of memory is possible. A broken needle of gramophone cannot play any record of whatever good quality. The flaw or weakness of the neuronal signals may also be the cause of lack of memory, as very weak or defective bio-electrical impulses would not activate even the sensitive cells, which contain sharp “recordings” of memory.

As the waves of ocean gradually diminish and continuously give rise to new waves, in the same way the assimilated stock of memory, if not used or activates, gets pushed back into the unconscious layers of mind leaving space for registration of new information and new knowledge. This process also leads to delayed recalling or forgetfulness. This natural phenomenon is essential because if we would have remembered each and every bit of past experiences, events and information, we would have done mad or it would have been impossible for us to notice what is happening in the present moments.