Memory-Boosting Tricks

Healthy Aging
on April 1, 2010

Memory not what it used to be? Get closer to total recall with “the four R’s” from Texas A&M University neuroscience professor, Dr. Bill Klemm.

  • Register: Concentrate and really “log in” the information first. Don’t overwhelm your brain with more than five new items to memorize at a time.
  • Relate: Assign each new memory a mental image—”Barbara with blue eyes,” for example.
  • Rehearse: Repeat what you’re trying to remember right away. Address a new person by her first name as soon as you learn it.
  • Recall: Test yourself in the hours after learning the new information.
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