There are whole markets (think crosswords, herbal supplements, drugs, brain fitness software) aimed at helping us improve our memory.
Now, what is “memory”? how does the process of memory work?
Dr. Bill Klemm, Professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University, explains a very important concept below.
Getting from Here to There:
Making Memory Consolidation Work
By Bill Klemm, Ph. D.
Until consolidation has occurred, a short-term memory is very vulnerable, as all of us have experienced from looking up a phone number only to have some distraction cause us to lose the number before we can get it dialed.
What is “consolidation”?
Brain researchers use the term “consolidation” for the process whereby short-term memory gets made more permanent.
Here, I would like to discuss some aspects of consolidation that many people may not know about: why sleep is so important, why memory must be practiced, and how testing promotes consolidation. [Read more…] about Improve Memory with Sleep, Practice, and Testing