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Can I improve my short-term memory?
« on: 11/07/2016 16:04:15 »
I am male aged 43 and I have such a short memory that I can forget certain names so easily - even 5 mins later. I also have problem recollecting events or major words or names at work. I can even forget to complete a statement while talking to someone and my attention gets interrupted during my talking. How can I improve my memory?
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Re: Can I improve my short-term memory?
« Reply #1 on: 14/02/2015 23:01:34 »
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I am male aged 43 and I have such a short memory that I can forget certain names so easily 5 mins later. I also have problem recollecting events or major words or names at work. I can even forget to complete a statement while talking to someone and my attention gets interrupted during my talking. Can I improve my intelligence?

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Yes, but don't confuse memory with intelligence.
If this is a recent deterioration eg over last few years, then please have a medical check up.
The move from short to long term memory depends on how important the brain thinks the info is. Repetition helps and vocalising eg repeat a person's name back to them when first meeting -"pleased to meet you Fred". It also requires training the mind to focus and pay attention, not get distracted.
 I would recommend one of Tony Buzan's books eg use your head. He covers note taking, memorisation, visualisation. There are also resources on the web.
Some people on the dyslexia ADD spectrum have problems with working memory, try reading "that's the way I think" David Grant.
Many people on this spectrum describe thoughts as being 'greased' or slippery.

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Re: Can I improve my short-term memory?
« Reply #2 on: 15/02/2015 06:42:07 »
Im 23 years old, and I also easily going to forget something that I need to do. Poor memory! but it may just normal? Everyone will encounter such condition. Not only to the brain, but also pay attention to the body exercise.
 

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Re: Can I improve my short-term memory?
« Reply #3 on: 15/02/2015 13:50:16 »
Poor memory! but it may just normal? Everyone will encounter such condition. Not only to the brain, but also pay attention to the body exercise.
I agree, but what is normal. We are used to the stereotype of the absent minded professor who's mind is so full that she forgets to eat, wash, sleep... But a change from what is normal for us might indicate, say, small vessel disease. Yes, exercise, keeping weight down, avoiding diabetes can help ward off vascular dementia, but it's worth getting checked out.
Some people may have had problems since birth eg ADD where they can be very intelligent as measured by verbal reasoning tests, but are handicapped by poor working memory. Again, worth getting assessed.
One thing is certain, whatever is normal now won't get better in the future. Hang on to what you've got.

 

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