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    How to achieve optimal memory

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    I just finished reading Aaron Nelson's book The Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory and I wanted to share some key points. Research and experience have shown that the following lifestyle adjustments lead to better long term retention, and they won't cost you a penny!

    1. Sleep. Research studies have demonstrated that 8 hours of sleep gives the hippocampus enough time to move short term memories into long term storage in the cortex. One study of college students showed that people with 8 hours sleep retained information the best 24 hours later and even a week later, while people with 4 hours retained it the least. 6 hours was in between.

    2. Exercise. Cardiovascular workouts increase vascularization in the body and improve oxygen transport into the brain, which is thought to encourage new protein production and synapse growth.

    3. Diet. Lower carb intake seems to be related to better hippocampus function. Try to stick to a low carb, low fat diet that is rich in omega-3, take plenty of vitamins, lean proteins like seafood, lots of vegetables. This all leads to enhanced protein production and better circulation which again helps with oxygenation of the brain.

    4. Drugs. Minimize caffeine and alcohol, which both seem to affect memory.

    5. Stress. Reduce stress factors in your life (more sleep and exercise will help). Meditation and prayer help. Stress response hormones seem to inhibit the hippocampus function.

    6. Distractions. A key to retaining information is to be very focused. Turn off the computer, turn off vocal music, and try to focus for 50 minutes out of the hour on the task at hand. Then take a 10 minute break, walk around, stretch, clear your head.

    Lastly, he mentioned various mnemonics techniques which are well known. He suggests associating information with different rooms in your house. Lately I have found that assigning a color to an idea somehow helps me to remember it. Use rhyming, music, turn the idea into a jingle or poem. There are lots more such techniques out there.

    I hope this information is helpful to you, and I wish you best of luck with your studies!

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    Awesome post!

    I love it when intuitive ideas are backed by evidence. I love it even more
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    This is so awesome! It really does work!

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    I will try this.

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    How to achieve optimal memory

    Hey,

    Here is the solution on how to achieve a high degree of optimal routing in an enterprise network connected to multiple Internet service providers (ISPs), while minimizing the memory requirements of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routers. This is achieved by using AS_PATH filters for accepting only routes originated from an ISP and its directly connected autonomous systems, instead of receiving the full BGP routing table from an ISP.

    Thanks,
    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesmtss View Post
    Hey,

    Here is the solution on how to achieve a high degree of optimal routing in an enterprise network connected to multiple Internet service providers (ISPs), while minimizing the memory requirements of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routers. This is achieved by using AS_PATH filters for accepting only routes originated from an ISP and its directly connected autonomous systems, instead of receiving the full BGP routing table from an ISP.

    Thanks,
    James
    This has nothing to do with the topic being discussed. This thread deals with achieving optimal memory for performing well in medical school and on licensing examinations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swimchick View Post
    This has nothing to do with the topic being discussed. This thread deals with achieving optimal memory for performing well in medical school and on licensing examinations.
    HAha. I was so confused for a moment, then I realized he was talking about computers.
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    Caffeine affects memory? Why?

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    I would just add that spaced out learning helps as well. You want to study for a longer duration of time in terms of days, weeks, months. For example I think people who study 3 hours a day for a year are better off than those who study 6 hours a day for 6 months. I was a neuroscience major and I think there is some scientific proof that this is pretty much true.

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    hey i'ii try this it really works

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