Archive for Learning & Memory – Page 2

Being Forgetful

Being Forgetful

 

I have CRS. My wife believes I just have selective hearing, but seriously, if I don’t write down what it is I’m supposed to remember more often than not I forget. Of course there are times I forget to write down what I’m supposed to remember. But that’s CRS for you!

Losing your short-term memory ability?

Losing your short-term memory ability?

 

Oh yes, I forgot to say what CRS is. ‘CRS stands for Can’t Remember Stuff’. Could be anything, like remembering a good joke, forgetting what a screwdriver is called and ending up calling it a thingamajig, or what we ate last night for dinner. There’s a million of ‘em.

 

So when I’m close to a pen and paper, I’m able to keep track of my ‘gotta remember’ list. Not around pen and paper? Then I’ll need reminding. What I do find amusing is my wife rarely remembers what some of her website passwords are, so she asks me. We sure have a good chuckle when that happens!

 

CRS has kind of crept up on me as I’ve gotten older. I never had a concussion or brain injury, its just my memory is not as sharp as it once was. So I have begun to concentrate on ways to improve my memory skills.

 

I have begun to train my brainwaves to remain focused longer by using a DAVID Delight by Mind Alive for my primary goals: concentrating on assimilating new information to memory, being aware of my breathing and level of relaxation, and improving my quality of sleep.

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The DAVID Delight Light and Sound Mind Machine for Memory Improvement.

 

I used my DAVID Delight three to fives times a week for the first month and I noticed actual improvement. I was aware of having better listening ability, less brain chatter and thought-drifting on my part, I was less tense because I felt more confident that I am remembering and as for sleep… I began to fall asleep faster and wake up downright refreshed – not groggy.

 

The DAVID Delight has impacted my life in a positive way. I wanted to improve my ability to remember short-term things and now it happens without need for pen and paper.

 

The DAVID Delight light and sound mind machine by Mind Alive is available through Mindmachines.com – Your Relaxation Superstore.

 

 

Copyright: Mindmachines.com (2014) CA. All rights reserved.

 

 

DAVID SMART Light and Sound Machine Designed for Maximum Academic Performance for College Students

The DAVID Smart light and sound machine by Mind Alive is ideal for academic learning, memory retention and achieving higher educational performance levels.

The expectation of performing at peak academic levels puts students under constant pressure to excel. This pressure can lead to depression, anxiety and problems with sleep – all roadblocks towards attaining academic excellence.

smrrtThe DAVID SMART (Sensory Modulated Academic Resilience Trainer) combines light with sound brainwave stimulation to assist students in achieving optimal mental states for academic performance. How? By lowering stress and anxiety, by raising energy levels and memory capability and by counteracting depressive thoughts. Results also indicate personal social skills improve, as does sleep quality.
In his article “Audio-Visual Entrainment: A Novel Way of Boosting Grades and Socialization While Reducing Stress in the Typical University and College Student”, David Siever, President of Mind Alive states: “Attention, concentration, memory, grade-point average and stress/worry are all primary concerns of the modern university and college student. Also, young adults are concerned about having a somewhat active social life in between exams, essays and deadlines. The stress of school shunts cerebral blood flow away from the cortex (during stress the brain assumes the body needs blood in the core to prepare for flight or battle which is just the opposite of what the present day student needs). This slows brain wave activity down into greater alpha and theta brain wave frequencies, similar to what is seen in those with ADD and ADHD, leaving the student more distractible, impulsive and hyperactive. This behavior in turn impairs the student’s ability to study and write exams, thus increasing stress and using valuable social time needed to shake off stress and the potential of falling into depression. Audio-visual entrainment (AVE) has been shown to produce dramatic increases in cerebral blood flow, efficient brain activity and sound mental health. Several studies involving the use of AVE for enhancing academic performance have been completed. AVE has proven to be an effective and affordable aid to better grades and improved socialization”.

The answer for getting better at learning and remembering is the DAVID Smart. The sessions are designed to meet the unique needs of students who are pressed for time.

Order the DAVID SMART Light and Sound Machine

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The DAVID SMART (Sensory Modulated Academic Resilience Trainer) integrates the principles of audio/visual brainwave stimulation to help students achieve peak mental performance by reducing anxiety, increasing energy levels and memory capability, counteracting depressive thoughts, enhancing social skills, and improving sleep quality.

DAVID SMART Quickstart guide
DAVID SMART Owners Manual

Read Dave Siever’s Article on the Benefits of Using AVE to Boost Academic Achievement:

 

The Game of Tennis as a “Future Memory”

The Game of Tennis as a “Future Memory”

By Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler

International Success Mentor

You’re out on the court with a friend. She’s been burning up the court with blistering serves. But you’ve hung in there, and won the set by returning some great shots.

But now it’s your turn to serve. You try to brush away the memory of the last time you played — when your serve suddenly went “bad” on you. For some unknown reason, you just couldn’t keep the ball above the net.

You bounce the ball a couple of times, then wind up and toss it up for a serve. But even before the strings touch the ball, you already KNOW what’s going to happen. You set your teeth as the ball slams into the net just like it did last week. You shake your head. “Not again.” You moan. “What has gone wrong?” And of course, your second serve is almost identical to the first. This is what tennis players, golfers, and other athletes call being “off their game.”

Being “off your game” in any aspect of life is caused by what I call a “future memory.” The term “future memory” may seem odd, but it’s a natural mental process. A “future memory” is basically a picture of yourself in the future. And the truth is, you’re creating such memories virtually every day. There’s an old saying: “In life — we get what we focus on.” And now neuroscientists have discovered the scientific truth behind that axiom.

Here’s what’s happening: Your subconscious mind will automatically work to manifest your mental “pictures” of what seems appropriate in your life. If you feel you’re “off your game,” you reinforce a mental expectation that you will continue to be “off your game!” Your subconscious mind doesn’t “think” in the same sense your conscious, rational mind does. The subconscious mind actually takes “directions” from your conscious mind, and orders your body to carry out those directions.

Your feeling of being “off your game” is seen as a direction from your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind instantly “gets the picture” from stored memories that support that “direction.” In effect, it creates a “future memory” of how you are about to respond – then sends actual neural messages to your brain’s “motor centers” to reproduce a tennis serve that will slam into the net. It’s important to appreciate the fact that “future memories” are a physical brain reality. This is not just a psychological construct! Years of research by behavioral scientists has clearly proven that mental rehearsal *alone* creates actual improvements in both sports and intellectual activities.

How can this be so?

Recent scientific PET (positron-emission tomography) scans have provided fascinating scientific proof of the power of mental rehearsal. PET images of the brain activity associated with simply *thinking* about moving an arm — do truly activate areas of the brain associated with *actual* arm movements.

What does this mean?

In practical terms, you can use mental imagery to “pre-program” your mind by “practicing” the positive effects you want in your life.

The other thing you’ll want to remember is this: Your subconscious mind is the product of your physical brain! It’s not some concept that floats around somewhere out in space! And what neuroscientists have discovered about the physical brain is this: It is not the “rigid structure” it was once thought to be. We now know that the brain is “plastic.” It constantly changes to fit your current (and currently expected) environment. Plus the evidence is that like muscles, the brain too follows the rule of “use it or lose it.”

If you consciously focus on “future memories” of success, they will be seen by your subconscious mind as actual instructions. Your brain then responds by building actual neural networks to hold those instructions. And the more often you send those “future memory” instructions — the stronger those positive neural networks will grow. So…there’s now irrefutable scientific evidence that we actually ARE what we think. That’s why it’s so important to focus on positive future memories of what you want in your life – and starve any old neural networks holding memories of personal limitations.

Your daily “reality” is a direct reflection of these future memories. Whatever you consciously or unconsciously focus on, whether positive or negative, will gain strength. Any life improvement must begin with an improvement in your ability to use “future memories.”

Those who are successful are those who continually focus on the life they want to lead. Those who are unsuccessful continually focus on what they do *not* want. And what you focus on gains power from stronger, more stable physical neural networks.

Come get your FREE subscription to Dr Jill’s mind-building “LandOnYourFeet” weekly ezine, plus a FREE month of the popular *BrainWave Generator* software (loads on any Windows computer) at: http://www.quantum-self.com/newsletters.htm

© Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler, author and AVS Journal, Michael Landgraf, publisher. 2003 All Rights Reserved.

 

What Type Of Light and Sound Mind Machine Do You Need?

 

What Type Of Light and Sound Mind Machine Do You Need?

 

By Michael Landgraf

 

Ask yourself what you need a light and sound mind machine for…

If you need to relax, you do not need an expensive machine.There are many instruments available that will meet your needs. These units cost between $175 and $250. Most of these instruments contain sessions in the beta, alpha, theta and delta brain states.

Most are made of hard plastic while others are of metal. Both are durable, have very few moving parts and should last for years. These light and sound machines are simple to operate and are perfect for beginners or for those of us looking only for basic sessions.

Often times I will take one of my basic units that have open-eye lightframes with me on camping trips. Not that it is needed in the great outdoors. Sometimes it is nice to combine the outdoors with a light and sound experience. Especially after a session. Or how you prepare for your session. Anyway, I dropped a unit in a stream once. It was soaked, but after drying out for a day and a half, it worked just like new. So yes, basic brain machines may be construed as ‘beginner’ systems, but they are very dependable!

If you are interested in mind exploration, then get a light and sound machine that offers a variety of built-in sessions. Most have space available for you to custom design your own sessions, like the DAVID Delight brain machines from Mind Alive, Inc. Adding the DAVID Session Editor software to your Delight system will enable you to design personal light and sound sessions that you easily create and download to your mind machine.

Probably the greatest advantage to having a more advanced model is the fact that most all of them include multi-color light stimulation. Having a choice of colors, generically acknowledged that warmer colors like red and orange are more effective with higher brainwave frequency states like beta and cooler colors like green and blue for meditative and insightful states. Pure white color remains the most popular choice as it’s stimulation is applicable to all the general brainwave states.

It all depends on what you want light and sound sessions for and how much you are able to spend. Based on quality, effectiveness and features, these are my recommendations for mind machines based on cost: Under $200. the Proteus; under $300. the DAVID Delight; under $500. the DAVID Delight Pro; and for those of you meditative explorers seeking ‘timelessness’ look no further than the DAVID Delight Pro mind machine.

I do not believe there are that many quality sound only instruments or MP3s available. By quality I mean possessing the ability to keep the mind entrained for prolonged periods of time. There are two MP3 downloads that are worth the investment. The Virtual 515 mindmachine and Ocean Sleep. These MP3s are excellent for using with either headphones or speakers, enabling listeners to walk around while enjoying their brainwave entrainment sessions instead of having to remain stationary (as when doing light and sound sessions) and for creating the desired “atmosphere” in a room or fairly large area. They are also beneficial to those who are light sensitive or are unable to use light and sound because of possible adverse effects.

Copyright: Michael Landgraf (2012) Granada Hills, CA. All rights reserved.

Having a competitive edge in college education

 

Having a competitive edge in college education

 

It seems like it is always exam time, homework, study, go to class, take a test, get a grade. Its a lifestyle started way back and continues all the way until you ask yourself: What next?

If you gave your youthful academic lifestyle your best, it is an achievement no one can deny you. Transitioning into college, where goals are often met with determined competition, being the best prepared often determines who wins and who loses. What so many students fail to realize is the same exact smartphone or smartpad that entertains them between class is the exact device that can help them learn and remember information for class. Various color lensframes built for looks and comfort, barely audible binaural beats emanating beneath your favorite music or class-related information. Its too easy. You do the same thing once, twice, maybe three times and sense what you are not feeling…

You are not feeling pre-test anxieties. Over the years I have had opportunities to assist individuals prepare for examinations both academically and professionally. What regularly occurs is as these students prep using light and sound as part of their study regiment, is their surprise at how relaxed they feel, not tense as what normally happens. Like they are worried that they are not worried. They have learned the information and committed it to short term memory thanks to the brain’s neuroplasticity. And they become relaxed. This is a mental sensation, a brainwave state, ready to focus. Take each test head-on. Out-perform the competition. How? Brainwave focus training. Generating greater neuronal activity and network creation and assimilation leads to greater density and learning ability. So when you hear another student say they are full, brain dead, can’t remember any more, in reality that is bull. You know it because you have an incredibly complex neuro-communication center: your brain. And you know the potential of what owning an educational accessory like a light and sound machine means: training your brain to achieve your best performance.

 

 

Copyright: Michael Landgraf (2012) CA. All rights reserved.