Brain fitness is becoming the progressive movement in mental health, where more and more people are noticing the benefits associated with changing and exercising the way the brain works! During these stressful times, life demands that we are able to think and act quickly and productively. Everyone has the potential to train their brain in order to acquire new information or function optimally. This is all done through learning and habituation. Learning takes place whenever we remember experiences from the past. Each time we encounter a new experience a pattern of electrical activity is created in our brain.
A fit brain that functions optimally, like having a fit body, requires a good workout. When taking part in our Re-Mind memory course, your brain becomes familiar with new concepts, is able to think differently, remembers better and learns valuable techniques with which to use the brain more efficiently.
What most people don’t know is that memories are patterns of electrical activity that create connections between the brain cells, called the neurons. When you repeat experiences, you are repeating the patterns of electrical signals until they become familiar. In other words, your brain is recognising similar events, until they become habitual and occur unconsciously. Knowing this about our brain, it would be a waste not to exercise it regularly! This means that our brain can get better and we should be able to remember more when we get older.
The Re-Mind classes take place in a group setting, which consists of fun interactive and stimulating games and fact-learning.
So, are memory courses effective?
Recently, several studies have been released that look at the value of memory training. They give us some interesting new reasons why we should all be training our memories, such as:
Using a strategy can help us remember better. Researchers in the ACTIVE trial, the largest study to date on memory training, recently reported that folks who used a strategy to “cluster” words they had to learn and remember (such as learning them in order, or by a common semantic theme) performed significantly better in remembering the words than folks who did not.
Coming to the Re-Mind classes will not just improve your memory but your overall performance as well. A recent UCLA study found that participants in a 6-week class on memory and brain health did better on tests of verbal recall and had greater memory self-efficacy. This study confirms earlier findings of the benefit of such courses.
Memory training works. A recent meta-analysis looking at 46 eligible studies on memory training published between 1967 and 2008 found that memory training has a significant effect on performance. The analysis further demonstrated that the number of strategies trained for was the most robust predictor of impact of the training. This finding strengthens the case for learning more than one way to remember (since we use different strategies in different situations).
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