Memory is the ability to store, retain, and recall information. This can apply both to organisms as well as to artificial systems.

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How can I improve my memory?

How can I improve my memory so that I can remember more, faster... learn faster...? I know some people are auditory learners, others visual... but once you figure out which one you are, how do you ...
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How to solve my personal issues to be productive and happy person

Until two years ago, I was a positive thinker, easily forgot petty issues, and was productive. After that I started studying for a masters in Computer Science and started a full time job. This means I ...
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How can I succeed in remembering people's names?

Even after I have asked a person's name a number of times, I still have trouble remembering it. How can I improve my ability with recalling names?
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Nootropics (“learning” drugs) [closed]

So I noticed that there are no questions here about nootropics so I will ask a general question first. Where is the best resource to date to educate myself about the effects, benefits, and dangers of ...
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What are some of the techniques on increasing memory stamina?

Maybe it is my age (approaching 41), but my short term memory isn't as good as it was when I was younger. As such, I feel that my level of productivity is suffering. I am looking for ways to increase ...
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How can i reboot my brain when i have many things to keep in mind?

I feel i really need to take a break for a while now, i have a complex project to keep in mind, I am basically working on it all day, but after a while it starts to overwhelm me, and I cant clear my ...
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Typing versus Handwriting for recall

It is common for self-teaching courses to insist of writing something down, rather than just thinking about it. But how about typing it? Is it just the extra time it takes to write something down ...
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How do I memorize lists of technical terms?

I find it easy to remember the meaning of most technical terms if I'm prompted to explain each one of them. However, recalling all of them by their topics is a bit more difficult when they weren't ...
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Is it possible to learn while sleeping?

I heard somewhere that listening to what you need to memorize during your sleep actually helps retaining the information. Based on that I converted a piece of text to a music file to listen last ...
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What is the efficient way to remember things we read?

I read variety of things in a day; But I forgot those things in a week or so. I identified that 'spaced repetition' will help me to keep remembering things. To do spaced repetition, i take note of ...
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Preparing questions when studying some topic

I noticed that I focus very well and do not forget the topic for months when I am told to prepare some questions for problem session (recitation) hours of the course I assist. On the other hand, I ...
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How do I efficiently use my daily learning limit?

Is there an ideal amount of knowledge to be taken in on a daily basis? I've different kinds of conflicting information. From the list of ideas I've seen, which, if any, is most correct? Here are ...
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Which paper systems exist to crank through many vocabulary flashcards?

Anki, a computer based space repetition system is what I'm currently using to memorize words. I've also seen one or two paper based systems and think they might be a good complement to a computer ...
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How to have less blackouts while working under pressure?

I'm a 17 year old high school student. I try to explain my problem using a short example: During a maths test I have tried to remember a formula, which I just learned a few days before. Normally I ...
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What techniques can I use to remember to do simple things that are context sensitive?

I find there are often things that I want to do specifically when I'm doing something else, and always forget to. A couple examples (silly as they seem) will probably make this more clear. The ...
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How to solve problems while walking

I'm a university student, and I've recently moved to working while standing, and walking instead of sitting. I read a lot through the textbooks while walking(reading in kindle is very handy), and it ...
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Is Google changing the way we approach problems or just plain “making us stupid”?

I have found that my long and short term memory is much worse than it once was. Often I can't focus on thing in detail only skimming whole articles. So, I tried googling these symptoms and I found ...
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How to make sure that I don't forget all the books I read and all the experience I have

I read many books, articles, listened to many videos, and I made use of them a lot, but, after a while, I forget everything I've read or seen, as if I have never went through them. For example, in ...
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Memory techniques - bespoke or off-the-peg?

Almost all memory techniques involve visualising some unusual situation like imagining your front door dripping with custard (this is how I know my front door key is the yellow one on my keyring). ...
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Memory techniques verses the exocortex

I have a general interest in memory techniques and find it relatively simple to memorise information. I also have a fairly well organised exocortex - it's very easy for me to search for any detail ...
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Memorizing Facts

When I am studying biology or history or any type of subject that requires one to memorize a lot of facts, I usually read my assigned text and type up the notes on my computer. Then I would re-read ...
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Recollection of non-linear content

I just read Joshua Foer's book "Moon-walking with Einstein," and examined some relevant passages from Rhetorica Ad Herennium in hopes of being able to learn and remember faster. One issue that these ...
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Inability to function without use of the exocortex

As someone at least passably competent at productivity-enhancing procedures and tools, I've developed an extensive exocortex for information. This information usually enters the input chute from ...
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Language independent memorization peg system

Most pegwords in Mnemonic peg systems ti memorize large numbers are based on the letters written in a certain language: I would like to create a set of Icons for the numbers from 0-99 that are ...
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What is a good way to learn or memorize the conversions inch/cm, mile/km, foot/meter?

I was thinking to make comparative drawings on a paper and stick the paper on the wall. Do you have other ideas? I have studied math, but used for many years cm/m/km, and now I need to learn the new ...
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Does note taking not by hand help remember things?

I've heard of various studies that found that just taking notes helps remember things, even if you throw the notes out immediately after. Is this only true for note taking done by hand with a pen and ...
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How to stop stressing out that I'm forgetting something for no reason

Since I started using Doit.im on my phone, I've been a lot better at getting all of my thoughts recorded, so any tasks I need to do get written down. The only exception is the shower, which I will ...
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Do To-Do Lists Qualify as “Extended Mind”?

I have recently read this article and was wondering whether To-Do Lists also qualify as an Extended Mind?
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How to increase retention capabilitiy

I have a common problem that whatever I study, I am not able to retain it later. I understand the learning outcomes at the time of study (or I am under the illusion of this), but after some time ...
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Should I keep revising?

Scenario: I read about multithreading (one of the computer programming concept) aroung 10 months ago. I practiced it well, wrote around 5-6 articles with my own examples. It is one of my interesting ...
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Does making summaries work?

I'm taking a 4-month uni course which covers the widest variety of topics (file systems, file structures, compression, cryptography...), and the sheer amount of things to read and concepts to ...
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How can I make myself remember to use a new password?

I just swapped my old password at work and every time I sit down at the computer, I end up typing the old one because it is an ingrained habit. How can I get myself to type the new one instead? To be ...
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Digesting points during non native language communication

Does people tend not to digest much more information when they are being communicated, told or presented information in Non Native Language? If that is a case, how to overcome that kind of situation ...
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What is the best tool for improving brain power? [closed]

Today I discovered Lumocity which is a well developed site to improve "brain power" like: memory attention creativity Is this the best site of its kind? Are there any other recommended tools to ...
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A better approach to studying?

I am a university student. Of late, I have gotten into the habit of 'studying' at the last moment. Before I proceed, let me clarify. In my university, exams have questions that require me to write ...
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How do I remember technical information for longer periods of time?

I'm a CS student and like many future software engineers, I have to learn a lot about data structures and algorithms (knowing them and also knowing how to implement them). I find that after I ...
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Learn textual information by observation

I was reading a book "how to think like Sherlock Holmes". I have read few pages only and found that how we can easily remember things and situations by observing them. Can we use the same method or ...
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How can I memorize geography maps?

There is some problem for me to memorize geography maps. It involves actually two tasks: 1) To look quickly on the map and to keep in the head approximate image of picture. (for orienteering) 2) To ...
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Techniques for recording sequence of steps to perform a task

Are there techniques or software tools that can help me record a series of steps involved in performing a task that I will have to repeat in the future? This would be useful at work (I am a software ...
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Best way to learn speed reading [duplicate]

I want to know what is the best way to learn speed reading? I searched the answer for a week now, but I found no personal experience recommendation. I also found a lot of books and software, but I ...
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How to study with efficiency?

I'm 16 and going into high school. I passed my 1st grade with an A average, but my second with B average (4 grades away from A). Anyhow, I wanted to ask someone to tell me how to study with best ...
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How to remember mundane stuff

There are some mundane tasks that you perform every day, sometimes under great stress. For instance: Taking your medication Locking your front door Parking your car Since you're so used to them, ...
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How to get motivated to improve memory?

As per Maria Konnikova, motivation is required to keep something remember for a long time. I completely agree with her (however I'll call it as interest). We remember a complete movie, all talks ...
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how to study the four subjects in one month [duplicate]

iam studying in 12th standard my exams just one month away and i have not yet studied once. and what should i do now ? how to study? should i concentrate on important things? or should i learn ...