Long Term Memory – How To Improve it and What It Is!
Hey, guys, this is Ronnie White maybe you saw me on the national geographic show brain games I’m also a two-time USA memory champion in this video we’re going to talk about what long-term memory is and how you can improve it.
what is a long-term memory?
let’s play a game, where were you on September 11, 2001? can you tell me? where were you on October 25 of that year?
you probably have no idea 😀 unless it was a birthday or an anniversary.
How about this? have you ever been in a car accident? if so, could you tell me the time of day who was driving? how it occurred and where it occurred at that even if it was five or ten years ago? 😀 you can tell me all the details of that car accident, but let me ask you this, could you tell me every time you’ve driven a car? since then of course not :(.
Now, why do you remember some things in your long-term memory, but you don’t remember other things? so why do you remember where you were on September 11, but not October 25? why do you remember the car accident, but not everywhere you’ve driven?
The reason for this is there were action and emotion involved in those things and action and emotion will seem it something in your long-term memory. Before we give steps on how to improve your long-term memory; what is a long-term memory?
Long-term memory is anything that’s been in your memory for longer than 30 seconds, short-term memory capacity is limited to about 4 to 7 pieces of information held in your short-term or working memory, but if something can be remembered long enough it makes it to your long-term memory and long-term memory capacity is almost unlimited.
Research suggests that memories are not stored in your long-term memory in a static state. but instead, every time that they are recalled their transformed our changed a little bit and this leads people to sometimes having false memories.
There are really three types of long-term memory:
1- procedural memory and this is where you are you remember or you learn how to do something such as riding a bicycle that is going to be in your procedural long-term memory.
2- Symantec long-term memory is responsible for storing information that you know about the world, for example remembering that London is the capital of England would be in your semantics long-term memory.
3- episodic memory is the memory that’s responsible for remembering events in your life, perhaps you remember your first day of school or you remember a car accident, where you were on September 11. this is your episodic long-term memory.
Now, the big question is how can you improve your long-term memory?
Four steps to improving your long-term memory:
The first step to improving your long-term memory:
Is actually my most favorite memory training technique. if you’ve watched my videos you know I talk about some mind Palace and that’s the first step in improving your long-term memory you need to build yourself a mind palace and essentially what that is memorizing a map of your home. Now, you already have your home. memorized so really all I’m asking you to do is to number pieces of furniture in your house, this is how you do it.
Stand in the doorway of every room in your house and number five pieces of furniture (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) good items to number our (desks, beds, TVs, refrigerator, stove, microwave, computers, lamps), then go to the next room (6, 7, 8, 9, 10), then go to the next room (11, 12, 13, 14, 15).
These are going to be locations in your brain where you going to store information that you want to recall later. so create your mind palace that is step one of improving your long-term memory.
The second step to improving your long-term memory:
Is action, your brain remembers things that have action tied to him, that’s why you remember the car accident that slamming, that impact was action, your brain remembers action, so create images in your mind with tons of action and then store that action mentally on pieces of furniture.
The third step to improving your long-term memory:
To improving your long-term memory after mind Palace and action is emotion. Tons and tons of emotion, why do you remember the person in high school that you had a crush on. But you don’t remember the person you set aside every day in English class? emotion, emotion ties things into your memory. That’s another reason why you remember where you were on September 11, the emotion of that day, the fear of that day, the emotion of it seemed entered it into your memory.
So when you create these pictures, action any motion are crucial and then make it a vivid picture full of action emotion and tie it to a piece of furniture. so let’s say you’re in your history class and you want to remember a fact about world war 2. On the first piece of furniture in your house you would see about world war two battle, but to make sure it goes in your long-term memory tons of action so that means you would see bullets flying everywhere, bombs voted, but also involve emotion. Maybe when you look at that piece of furniture imagine the fear that would be involved in seeing a battle. So use your mind Palace action and emotion to remember a key detail.
The fourth step to improving your long-term memory:
To putting something in your long term memory is review “spaced repetition”.
what I like to do is memorize something today using my mind Palace. So i might have 25 or 30 things that i want to recall. I’ll turn them into a picture with action emotion seam around my mind Palace. I will review them today, then I’ll review them tomorrow. I will review them in a week. And then I will review them in a month. That spaced repetition will make sure that it goes into my long-term memory to my favorite memory training technique. By far is the mind palace. It can get you some incredible result. But it has to be done the right way. Just one mistake here there are going to dramatically impact the result that you would get.