Learn how scent, jet lag, and estrogen affect memory, plus plenty of other information, with these facts.
- Jet lag. Frequent jet lag can impair your memory, probably due to the stress hormones released.
- New connections. Every time you recall a memory or have a new thought, you are creating a new connection in your brain.
- Create associations. Memory is formed by associations, so if you want help remembering things, create associations for yourself.
- Scent and memory. Memories triggered by scent have a stronger emotional connection, therefore appear more intense than other memory triggers.
- Anomia. Anomia is the technical word for tip-of-the-tongue syndrome when you can almost remember a word, but it just won’t quite come to you.
- Sleep. While you sleep at night may be the best time for your brain to consolidate all your memories from the day.
- No sleep. It goes to follow…lack of sleep may actuallyhurt your ability to create new memories.
- World Champion. A world champion memorizer, Ben Pridmore memorized 96 historical events in 5 minutes and memorized a single, shuffled deck of cards in 26.28 seconds.
- Estrogen and memory. Estrogen (found in both men and women) has been shown to promote better memory functions.
- Insulin. Insulin works to regulate blood-sugar in the body, but recently, scientists have discovered that its presence in the brain also helps promote memory.