The Study Of Memory Improvement

There has been more than one study on how to improve memory and reasons for memory loss. Let’s review some causes for impaired memory.

Suppose you decide you need help enduring a nerve-racking airplane ride, so you swallow one of the calming, hypnotic prescription drugs designed for insomniacs and sufferers of panic attacks or anxiety. These are drugs like alprazolam, triazolam, or zolpidem. (One well-known drug that has become more popular just in the past few years is Ambien.) Unfortunately, a side effect of such a drug is a condition also known as ‘traveler amnesia’.

Normally, once a person stops the use of the prescription drug that caused the amnesia, memory begins to improve. Even though you should always be aware of the side effects of any drug, it is possible that something new will develop that wasn’t discovered in the study of the drug. Also, because each person is unique, a drug may cause a reaction only one person may experience.

Another study done on memory loss involves head trauma. This can lead to transient post concussive syndrome. Symptoms are mental dullness, poor memory, depressed mood, and headaches. These symptoms can last a few days or a few weeks. Often after a tragedy such as a vehicle accident that causes extensive head injury, the resulting concussion brings immediate mental confusion.

Other ways to obtain head trauma include hitting a head during a hard fall, something heavy falling on the head, or someone hitting your head with a hard object (accidentally, or during a fight).

There have been a large number of studies done regarding memory impairment caused by diseases or psychological problems. With a disease there is hope of improvement, depending on how far the disease has progressed before proper help was obtained. Also, science and technology constantly allow more information to be discovered. As for psychological problems, there is treatment for the underlying problems through psychiatric care, counseling, and medication. Often the memory can be used as a healing tool against itself, such as through reliving an event to better understand why memories were blocked.
An important thing to understand in many cases of memory impairment is that repetition may be crucial to positive progress. We must teach ourselves to do something over and over until we can unconsciously remember because of habit. Some people are creatures of habit and can only get through their days with the most success if they stick to their routines. Anything that deviates from their routine can cause anxiety and throw their mental balance off course significantly. Their routine becomes their mental and emotional security blanket.

Several types of animals have been used in laboratories as a basis to study memory improvement. Hence the old mouse in a maze routine! Dogs can be taught to win contests by their abilities to remember and follow set courses with obstacles. Orangutans have been taught to learn sign language because of their ability to grasp and remember. Lost cats have found their way home after extensive travel. So, the study of memory continues to amaze and confound science and the medical world!

Good Study Habits Reap Rewards

School can be tough for any age group. With the Internet, cable television, gaming opportunities everywhere, cell phones – wow, it’s difficult to put life on hold and hit the books. But you need to. You have to, if you want decent grades.

Yes, grades. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some help and improve your grades? Maybe you could you use some tips of on how to study better – for yourself, a friend or loved one? Well check these out and see how you score.

RECORD – First of all, grade a notebook or start a section in one just for monitoring your progress. List the courses you need help with and specific areas in which you need to focus on for improvement. For instance, maybe you to catch up on reading the lessons, interpreting your class notes, completing your assignments, etc. List items for each course.

SEARCH – Next search for tools to help with each item you’ve listed above. Maybe speeding reading would help, so head to the library for a book or video course on how to speed-read. Maybe you cold use help fro a fellow classmate to make sense out of your notes and to help with your homework.

Contact your instructor for a class list and advice on how to get help.

DO IT! – Then put your tools to work. Use a daily planner and make yourself set time aside to catch up on reading, meet with your study buddy, complete your assignments – one step at a time. Don’t give up. If something doesn’t work, go back to the SEARCH step above and find an alternative solution; find a study group, ask for supplemental reading to understand your lessons better, get a tutor, stop the late night television and weekend drinking binges and get our homework done – and in A+ condition.

GRADE YOURSELF – When you’ve finished, it’s time to evaluate yourself. How’d you do? Did your scores improve? If so, great! Use the same methods and keep at it! If not, go back, find out why and make changes /improvements.

Maybe you need a different study partner, a study group or a tutor. Maybe the course’s reading load is too heavy and you need a lighter course. Ask your educational advisors for help, too. That’s what they’re there for.

So before your grades take a dive, take the plunge yourself and kick your studies into gear. Plan your success and take charge of your future.