Memories are created through a combination of brain power and clarity, the intake of sensory information, and attention or consciousness. If there is a problem with the brain, memories are not retained. If there is a problem with the sensory system, the eyes, ear, sense of touch, taste and smell then the experience is muted and less easily remembered. If one does not pay attention, say to where they put down their keys, remembering is more difficult. Improving blood flow to the brain, eye, and body can improve the experience of life and the way we remember events. Here are three ways to improve blood flow. [Read More]
Exercise Tip: Pick up a small item. Look at it. Observe the color, shape, and texture. Listen for the sound it makes when you tap on it. Notice the patterns. Does it have a taste or smell? What does it feel like? Describe in words aloud all the sensations you feel—the color as the light bounces on your eyes, the sound waves beating on your ear drums, the texture as the skin on your fingertips touch the object. A minute of paying specific attention can improve your sensations, mood, and relaxation.
When we remember an event, we remember certain types of sensations—the color of the car that hit us, the shape of the tree that fell in the wind storm, the feeling of salt water on our feet as we walked on the sandy beach, or the color of the shirt we were wearing when we got engaged. Medical research indicates that our perception of sensations in the moment as well as our memory of events can improve with practice. Here are two exercises that focus on color and shape recognition and improving memory. ...
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Burnham, Kimberly (2017 11 01). "Memory, Color, and the Visual Cortex of the Brain." ABI Magazine, Acquired Brain Injury
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