I just finished watching the show Super Brain – by Rudolf Tanzi, (he has a book out too Dr Rudolph Tanzi – SuperBrain ) PhD, neuroscientist and professor of Neurology at Harvard University. I must say, for such a intelligent guy, he sure is down to earth and he really makes stuff easy to understand. I love that.
Anyway, one of the take aways I got from his presentation was how a memory forms and how a memory sticks and how to use that to memorize stuff quick and permanently.
He explained the 3 major regions of the brain; The instinctive, The Emotional and the Intellectual. Short term memories are formed in the Emotional region of the brain and then transferred to the Intellectual part of the brain for long term storage. However, if the emotion attached to the memory is not strong enough, the memory will not stick. Likewise if the emotion (good or bad) is strong enough the memory WILL stick.
For instance, do you remember where you were and what you were doing on September 11th 2001 – The day the twin towers came tumbling down? Most people do, because it was a very “emotional” event. Now try to remember where you were or what you were doing on any other random September 11th day……….See how this works?
So the trick to memorizing things is to tie a strong emotion to it. Be it love, happiness, anger and so on….. the stronger the emotion the stickier the memory will become when it downloads to the Intellectual part of the brain.
Try it sometime, come back here and let me know how well it worked for you!
Livin’ Life eXponentially!