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Is It Possible To Have Different Degrees Of Photographic Memory
Yes: A great deal of research has been invested in photographic memory and other types of memory including total recall (folks who recall literally every day in their life). There are varying degrees of recall in photographic and total recall memories just as there are in memories in general and it's all quite random in its manifestation. In psychiatry, sometimes more memory is not better memory. ...Read more
Intelligence is different from memory. So if dual n back training does not improve intelligence, how about memory? If not. What are ways to improve it?
Dual n back training: Hello ~ I am afraid I have no idea what you are referring to. Is this main stream theorising? Sounds fringe and I don't comment on fringe theory. Maintstream academia dictates that "intelligence" is inate in its ability. If you are intelligent you will become "learned". "Memory" is retention of knowledge and this IS subject improvement by training. Thanks ...Read more
Slept somewhere different from home, I woke in middle of night confused as to where I was, it was also very dark in room. Is this a memory problem?
Woke up confused: But in a different house. If this type of thing has happened before or if you have other reasons to be concerned about your memory please see your doc and maybe a neuropsychologist. If this is the only incident it is likely that you were not fully awake and disoriented by being in a new place. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Hi I'm Software Engineer with BP on 160/100 I know very well the risk. But I have tried 3 different type of medications and all of them have a significant impact in my focus, concentration and memory speed. In short. Taking the medication is basically
Try again: There are many antihypertensives most of which will not affect your mental function. In addition, there are some very serious dietary measures you can try as well. A BP of 160/100 at 49 yo is not something to just blow off as you are at significant risk for future serious health issues. See a cardiologist or nephrologist for evaluation. Reduce the sodium in your diet and exercise regularly. ...Read more
That's the way it is: No one knows, but that is the way it is.Thus, we see changes that are different in the 2 types of immunity ...Read more
Is memory loss from dementia caused by multiple mini strokes different from the type caused by alzheimer's? In what way?
Do people who use their left hand to do everything have better memory? Is their brain a little different?
What cause a 17 yr. To be in "perpetual dream state", severe memory and cognitive impairment, exacerbated bipolar, react different to meds, all overnite?
Bipolar disorder can: Have sudden shifts and comorbidities, but what you are describing sounds more like possibly a medication side effect. I don't know what you are taking, but if you are on Depakote you need an ammonia level, if you are on lithium you need a lithium level, if you are on an antipsychotic you need a. Blood sugar level, and if you are doing street drugs or drinking you must immediatelystop. I recommend you go to the er now and get checked out. Best wishes. ...Read more
I know my memeory and daily task are increasily getting more misplaced. Friends & family have noticed and I pretend I don't know at what point as I get worsei am not even aware anymore? Or will i also be aware but have no contol to do different. So do I am
Many : Many people have a reasonable tendency to downplay health issues, especially when they are mild. When other people notice or when issues start to interfere with life are two good indicators that it is time to visit a physician. There are many causes of complaints of memory loss, not just alzheimer's disease, many of which can be treated. Early diagnosis and treatment is usually better than waiting for the problem to become critical. Knowing a diagnosis ahead of time can help people and their families prepare for the future. ...Read more
Pt under stress under different psychiatric med sudden memmory loss about present things, known about past, no neuro issue how we can treat.?
More info needed: The age of the pt. Would be important. Sudden changes in memory can be triggered by complex medication interactions, metabolism, stroke, or even things as simple as dehydration or constipation. The elderly are oiften more vulnerable to such changes. Neuro consult, metabolic panels and a second opinion about the meds would seem to be a good start. If no clear medical cause, a neuropsych consult. ...Read more
Active Learning: The harder you make your brain work to relate and group facts, the more likely you'll be to remember them. Some things to try: (a) create visual representations of the facts. (b) use vivid imagery and make up ridiculous or funny stories using the facts. (c) create acronyms using the facts or make up rhymes/songs with them. (d) keep track of which facts you know and don't. (e) google "mnemonics.". ...Read more
No: You either are blessed with it or you work on developing the blessings you do have. ...Read more
Because the brain is so adaptive, is it possible to train one's memory to be photographic, at least to some degree? If so, how?
Photographic memory: The clients I've seen with this aptitude always had it, but I believe it's possible to develop the skill with practice. One trick is to practice looking at a picture or word and then see it in your mind, gradually increasing the complexity. There are many books on memory techniques that you might explore. ...Read more
Different meanings: In information processing terms, a bit is a coherent unit of information that contains one piece of information; a "chunk" is a unit of information that contains several bits of information. These "bits" and "chunks" are represented by neurological changes in synapses and brain centers such as the hippocampus. Short-term memory has a capacity of about 7 chunks of information. ...Read more
Memory: Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, read books, try mind stimulating puzzles like crossword and sodoku. It's also good for your brain to avoid toxins like smoking and illicit drugs. There may be a benefit to vitamin e and c as antioxidants. There is also an obvious benefit to good sleep, so people who have sleep apnea new to have appropriate treatment with cpap. ...Read more
A muscle : Memory function in many ways works like a muscle. The more you practice and the more efficient your skills, the better you'll be at it. We constantly write and re-write (with room for re-interpretation) long term memories as well. If trying to recall memories, multi sensory cues can be helpful. Ever walked back through your elementary school? The sites, sounds, smell and feelings cue memories. ...Read more
Poor health & injury: Abusing alcohol daily for a long time and using illicit drugs can cause memory loss. Head injuries can also result in memory loss. Studies have shown that people who eat healthy and exercise regularly along with doing mentally demanding tasks are less likely to develop alzheimer's disease which causes memory loss usually in older age. ...Read more
Memory loss care: Nursing homes or adult care centers who have specialized units to better care for patients with memory impairment. These units are safer for patients with memory loss issues and have staff trained to support and care for patients affected with dementia and memory impairments. ...Read more
Memory: Probably the best things you can do for memory is regular aerobic exercise and regular restful sleep. Foods for memory are way down on the list, but since you asked, a healthy diet including lots of colorful fruits and vegetables is always a good bet. Fresh oily fish such as pacific salmon. Moderate amounts of caffeinated beverages may help alertness and thus memory. ...Read more
Generic thoughts: You provide no additional information, so will provide a list of potential problems: medication adverse effects, sleep disorder, emotional distress, vitamin deficiency, mass lesions in the brain, thyroid problems, chronic infections, (like HIV and syphilis), prior small multiple strokes, prior multiple head injuries, family history of a dementia, etc. A neuropsych test profile might assist. ...Read more
Be healthy and relax:
There are many things a person can do to improve memory. Focusing on what you'd like to remember, working or having fun with the information, sleeping well, practice, etc. If people want to improve their memories they certainly can. Here's one of many links with excellent tips:
http://www.Unexplainable. Net/self-improvement/10_steps_to_improve_your_memory. Php. ...Read more
Very hard question.: Memory is a complex operation. There are many things that can affect it, not just chemicals. We also have great gaps in our current knowledge of how memory works. It seems that calcium, kinases, the neurotransmitter 5-HT, and other chemicals that are involved with all neurological functions. Here's a detailed discussion, halfway down page: http://neuroscience.uth.tmc.edu/s4/chapter07.html ...Read more
Nutrition & exercise: No readily available medications, much less dietary supplements, have been demonstrated to improve/enhance memory. Many studies suggest that good nutrition & regular exercise associated w/lower risk of dementia (memory loss). Also, anything that improves heart health appears to improve brain function. But no easy fix like popping a few pills to enhance memory. Sorry! ...Read more
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