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Last Update Date: 30 April 2021

Memory power is an important skill affecting the academic success of children and working life of adults. We’d like to share some of our tried-and-tested ways to improve your memory!

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Improves visual memory, auditory memory, decision-making skills.

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Improves visual memory, sustained attention, and visual recognition skills.

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Improves short-term memory, prolonged attention, auditory memory.

What Is Visual – Echoic Memory?

Visual memory is the recollection of what you have physically seen. Thanks to our visual memory, we are able to conceptualize things in our mind without having them in our proximity.

This is known as the mind's eye. When we see a concrete object, we can memorize it as it is with no need to force our imagination. When someone says "chair", you’ll quickly picture a chair you’ve previously seen, most likely one with four legs. This is an example of using our visual memory without forcing it.

However, what kind of visual pops into your mind when you hear the word "excitement"? Excitement is an abstract and personal concept and so our mind creates a visual based on one of our previous memories of excitement.

Every word triggers a response in our minds.

The answer to the question "What is visual memory?" might have been registered as a giant question mark when you first read this post.

Hopefully, when you’re faced with this question again, your visual memory will kick-in with a recollection including chairs and excitement. This is an example of visual memory techniques.

Now, let’s have a look at some more visual memory training techniques in detail.

Visual Memory Techniques

People who believe their visual memory is weak often complain that they cannot remember other people’s names or faces. They also find it difficult to memorize travel routes or words, even after they’ve just read it.

Visual memory is often linked to spatial perception and attention. Here are some visual memory training techniques.

1. Techniques to Help Remember Faces:

Do you struggle to remember someone you’ve just met when you meet them in a different environment the next day?

The cause of this is most likely your lack of attention and purpose during your first meeting. The key to remembering someone’s face is understanding why you’re interested in that person. If they are not important to you, then you’re more likely to forget who they are.

You can strengthen your visual memory by linking the people you see with a relevant mental association.

For example, you can privately nickname your office’s technician as "Superman" when you look at them.

Another way would be looking at people’s faces very carefully and focus on the details. If you pay attention to certain features such as their ears, nose, eyes, and forehead, it becomes easier to remember that face.

2. Techniques to Help Remember Names:

Remembering names requires a combination of auditory and visual memory. Even if a person's name does not create an image in your mind, you will eventually remember the written form of the name on paper.

So, you will be transforming the name into a visual. However, this method can be time-consuming. The best way to remember names is to link a person’s name with a mental image.

This mental image can either be the meaning of their name (you can associate roses with a woman named Rose) or just the first image that comes into your mind when you think of their name (your new colleague Richard is a rich man).

The more interesting and nonsensical your link, the more likely you’ll remember it.

3. Techniques to Help Remember Places:

Have you forgotten where you parked your car at the shopping centre?

A trick to remember this is to associate your parking spot with mental images of the surrounding environment.

For example, you parked your car diagonally from the shopping centre front doors. If the car park was a chess board, your car is the Knight chess piece. It’s one L-shaped move away from the door. Now it’s much easier to find your Knight 😊

Developing Visual Memory With General Techniques

You can strengthen your visual memory by performing exercises, such as MentalUP Memory Games, which support you in practicing using your memory and keeping your brain fit.

MentalUP includes various memory games and exercises, including remembering maps, images, patterns, letters, and numbers.

You can level up with each completed game moving to the next level allows you to take on a harder challenge and keep improving your visual memory.

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What Is Echoic Memory?

Echoic memory is the ability to recall voices and consecutive voice instructions, either instantly or whenever necessary. You can play our MentalUP Bird Voices game to test your echoic memory. The Bird Voices game performs echoic and visual memory tests, with personalised difficulty levels.

How to Improve Memory Recall?

If you’re looking for ways on how to get better memory recall, these tips to recall memory are just for you!

1. Watch What You Eat

We all know that we are what we eat. When it comes to memory recall issues, it has even greater significance. Here are lists of things that you and your child should and shouldn’t eat for better memory recall.

You shouldn’t eat…

  • Refined carbs
  • Foods with added sugar

You should eat…

  • Fish oil supplements
  • Vitamin D rich food
  • Cacao
  • Caffein (for adults 🙂)
  • Berries

2. Mental Exercises Are Brain Food

Can’t leave the brain hungry. Mental exercises are both fun and beneficial ways of helping your children improve their cognitive skills which will ultimately improve memory recall.

MentalUP has 100+ entertaining and educational games that help improve children’s entire cognitive skills with only 10 minutes of daily exercises: Click here to start testing, training and improving your mind right away!

3. Practice Mindfulness

Meditation has an undeniable effect on our minds and souls and practicing meditation for memory recall is very beneficial. Mindfulness activities are a fun way to convince the whole family to join in!

4. Make Exercising a Regular Thing

Healthy body, healthy mind they say. Above you can see the difference of what a 20-minute walk can do to our brains. Consider listening to calming music as you exercise with your children as music and memory recall are closely related.

5. Sleep Well

Our brains are in charge of every single thing we do throughout the day. Therefore, it requires and deserves the time to reboot and regain strength. That said, a fresh brain is one of the most necessary things on the mission to find the answer to how to increase memory recall.

6. Short Stories

Here is a rather fun tip! Short stories for memory recall are very beneficial, but this time, you are the author!

Let’s say that you have to do grocery shopping and you need:

  • chicken
  • milk
  • eggs
  • tomatoes
  • pasta

Here is a fun story to create! The chicken was very tired of laying eggs so she decided to take a break during which she ate pasta with tomatoes and milk on the side. It shouldn’t be totally logical; the point is to help associate the items on the list with an engaging story.

Help your children apply the same tips to their chores and tasks. It will not only help them strengthen their memory recall, but also encourage them to complete the task as it will appear more fun!

Before You Go…

Just like our bodies, our memory needs exercise to stay fit and healthy. The more you practice using your memory, the stronger it will become. At MentalUP, we have a fun selection of brain exercise games to challenge and improve your auditory memory. No more forgetting to bring milk back from the supermarket!

Take our memory recall test to assess your and your child’s memory skills!

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