Feb. 28, 2023

Why We Forget and How To Remember Better

Why We Forget and How To Remember Better

Memory is an integral part of our lives, enabling us to learn, make decisions, and form relationships.  In their book, "Why We Forget and How to Remember Better," authors Andrew Budson and Elizabeth Kensinger dive into the science behind memory and provide practical techniques to improve it. We discuss the book with the authors on our newest Specifically for Seniors podcast with the authors Andrew Budson, MD and Elizabeth Kensinger, PhD. 

Andrew Budson is a neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist, and Elizabeth Kensinger is a psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist. Together, they provide a comprehensive look at how memory works and what factors can cause it to fail.

The book begins with an explanation of the different types of memory, including sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. Budson and Kensinger then delve into the brain structures involved in memory formation and retrieval, such as the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex.

One of the most interesting concepts explored in the book is the idea that forgetting is not necessarily a sign of medical problem but can be a part of. normal aging process.

However, when forgetting becomes excessive or interferes with our daily lives, it can be a cause for concern. Budson and Kensinger provide a range of techniques to help improve memory, from mnemonic devices to the importance of exercise, proper sleep even dietary choices.

One particularly useful technique discussed in the book is the use of context and associations to aid memory. By linking new information to existing memories or creating strong mental images, we can better retain new information and retrieve it more easily when needed.

A key takeaway from the book is the importance of sleep and rest in memory consolidation. Budson and Kensinger explain how the brain uses sleep to consolidate memories, and provide tips on how to improve the quality and quantity of sleep to aid memory retention.

 Budson and Kensinger's clear explanations of how memory works and practical techniques for anyone looking to improve their memory during the podcast make it an important and engaging discussion for all concerned with their memory.


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