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  • Your memories are interesting to think about.

  • Not just those sticky situations from your travels that you always tell people about...

  • ...but what's going on inside your brain!

  • Because, every time you remember something, your brain calls on your memory network and instantly,

  • the hippocampus and other parts of your brain, spring to action.

  • They work together as a crack-team:

  • building your memories from scratch.

  • Whenever you witness an event, learn a fact or experience something you really want to remember,

  • these parts of the brain kick-start the memory-making process.

  • Here's how scientists think it works.

  • First, your brain consciously registers the memory, a process called "encoding".

  • If you're like most people, you forget a name right after being introduced to someone.

  • This doesn't mean you have a bad memory, it means that you haven't 'encoded' the name...

  • ...probably because you weren't paying attention.

  • The next step in the process, is the glue that holds the memory together.

  • Scientists call this step 'Consolidation'.

  • But, the memory is only a memory, once you remember it.

  • Which is why scientists call the final step 'retrieval'.

  • And retrieving a memory is actually one of the best ways you can boost your memory...

  • ...because every time you remember something,

  • the neural path to that memory gets stronger,

  • making it even easier for you to recall it again and again.

  • But there is even more you can do to help your memory.

  • And, it's not rocket-science.

  • A regular sleep pattern helps.

  • So does a balanced diet, which not only keeps your body in shape,

  • but gives your brain vital nutrients it needs to perform.

  • Exercise helps, too, by boosting the amount of oxygen and nutrients flowing to your brain.

  • And finally, challenging your brain,

  • learning new things and staying mentally active, can actually increase the physical size of your brain.

  • All of these things will keep your memory on its toes.

  • Which means that you play the starring role in maintaining a healthy memory.

  • And, that it's actually you that makes your memory work.

  • You, and your all-important memory network.

Your memories are interesting to think about.

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