What are Memory Traces?
If you find something new you want to remember later, firstly you need to pay close attention to the details. Then. using repetition, actions or taking a ‘mental photograph’ you connect what you need to remember in as many ways as possible to things you already know. These connections form neural pathways to the information you have stored.
Here’s an Example.
You need to remember an appointment next week (using your prospective memory).
Give your brain as many ‘hooks’ or memory traces as you can.
In your mind , embed the details of the appointment with questions and answers like this:
I’m meeting the accountant on Thursday at 9.30 am.
- What is his/her name?
- Where will I park the car?
- Which floor of the building is it on?
- What do I need to take?
- What questions will I ask?
- Where will I go once I have left that appointment at 10.30?
Use as many senses as you can – visualize the clock, building and face of the accountant, ‘hear’ the questions you will ask, ‘feel’ the papers you will need to take, and so on.
Are you already thinking that you haven’t a spare seven seconds to do this??
Well, think of how many minutes you waste trying to remember the time, day, location and name if you haven’t committed them to memory.
It’s a no-brainer!
To find out more about how your brain works and how you can improve your memory, Read 7-Day Brain Boost Plan by Dr Allison Lamont & Gillian Eadie.