Showing posts with label improving memory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label improving memory. Show all posts

Friday, August 9, 2013

Making Pictures in the Brain

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Memory is Made Up of Pictures in the Brain
We have spent most of our week preparing to officially begin the school year and getting caught up on our summer canning. I will be posting about our adventure of canning grape juice over at Considering frugal if anyone is interested in home canning. My girl is learning about emergency preparedness and sustainability a little more in depth this year so helping with the canning has become part of her school work. So then, that leads me back to the topic or soap box that I have been standing on this week and somewhat last week too. Children and adults learn through creativity. Sometimes that means creative play or just creating in general. I wanted to give you some more ideas on the purpose of teaching and how memory is sparked by creativity. It is kind of heavy material but I promise it is really important information to give your homeschooler a head start in the world. I am going to try and make it as readable as possible so here we go.

What Memory Is

Memory is stored representations of perceptions of objects and events; pictures in the brain if you will. So then to construct or reconstruct these stored pictures is often as simple as a memory task performance. Mental imagery is the process by which one sees, manipulates, imagines and stores images in the brain likewise attention is identified as focusing on the details of a piece of information. The process of making pictures. While mental imagery and the task of attention may seem separate they are one in the same and it is by this process that mental imagery becomes productive. As emotion is attached to a mental image it becomes solidified being stored as an event in long term memory. So then, in order to teach a new topic, you need to make a memory and make it a fun memory. Help your child make a picture in their head that they will want to pull out and look at again and again. I saw a picture of homemade grape juice on Pinterest last week. I remembered the smell of my grandma's kitchen and how sweet the taste of the juice was. I instantly pulled up the recipe and called my little girl into the kitchen to help. She wasn't excited at first, but I explained my memory to her and as she began to help she got excited and she has spent the last twenty four hours talking about how much fun we had and in the process she learned food science.

Help Them File the Bad Pictures Too

Conversation between parents and children reconstructing past negative events to reflect positive outcomes, events such as failing to win a race nevertheless persisting to the finish line, resulted in a higher number of positive autobiographical memory construction or positive mental pictures on the part of the child involved. Furthermore, research has concluded that mental pictures of events has a more significant impact on emotion than does verbal representation of an event. We can't just ignore the negative pictures, they still hold significance. In fact, these negative pictures will change every memory along the way like a bad computer virus if we don't address them. As an event occurs one visualizes the situation through one’s unique perception attaching emotion all along the way. When the retrieval process ensues said memory is retrieved through emotional attachment with imagery following. It is much in this same way that mental imagery functions as one imagines a future event in full detail attaching real emotions by which the event will be retrieved for later use such as in the case of improving one’s golf swing. Mental recall often involves self relevant information that is more imagery based as opposed to verbal, remembering the past bears much significance on imagining the future successfully. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Study Skills that Improve Memory

Study Skills and Memory
Study Skills that Improve Memory
Sometimes improving memory isn't so much about memorizing as it is about putting strategic study skills in practice. When and where a student studies has more to do with memory than how much time that student invests. Here are some psychologically proven study skills that will improve your student's memory and set them up with good study skills for a later college degree. 

Read In Short Sessions

Your brain retains the information that you read at the beginning and the end of your study session.  Most adults only have a twenty-minute attention span, that is why we typically see commercial breaks with every twenty minutes of TV viewing.  So if you read for two hours strait then you are going to retain the information you studied during the first twenty minutes and the last twenty minutes.  That means that you have wasted the 80 minutes in between.  Try having your student study in twenty-minute intervals.
Review Your Notes Before Bed
Your brain is most likely to retain the information that you review just before you go to sleep. If your student is taking a test or final, then they should review their study notes just before they go to bed the night before
Write It All Down
When you write information on paper it is more likely to find it’s way to your long-term memory.  This is especially helpful if a student is trying to learn a long list of vocabulary terms.  Make it a practice to have your student make handwritten flash cards for every term and they will have no problem remembering. Don't take just any notepad; try to use colored legal paper.  Research studies show that your brain remembers what you write better, especially if it is written on colored paper, with yellow being the most memorable. 
Apply What You Know
One of the best ways to learn and retain a new concept is to apply the information to your daily life.  If you are studying Science, do some experiments in your kitchen.  If you identify with the information your brain will not discard it. Find creative ways to help your student apply information whether it is with project learning, creating, helping or story telling. It really doesn't matter how the information is applied, so let your student use their own creativity.
You may also want to read Teaching Children About Failure.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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