To conclude what we have learnt so far, in order to have a better memory, just merely learning effective memory techniques by themselves are not enough. It is important for the person who wants to have a better memory to constantly practice their memory because our
literature review shows that scientifically, our brain will make these techniques more effective after constant use. Also, there are many traps like disbelief that we can use the techniques even for a whole lot of information that will stop us from having a superb memory!
If one does not have effective memory techniques, even with good memory, one cannot memorize very efficiently. Even grandmasters of memory use many different types of memory techniques to help them memorize better whole chunks of information. For people trying to memorize everyday little things like what-to-do lists, only some practice is needed for that person to be able to remember the information before it is lost (For example, the secretary receiving a phone call needs to be able to remember the information as she might not be able to write fast enough to record the things the person is saying.)
From all the effective memory techniques that we discovered, we realize one fact: Effective memory techniques themselves stem from two different things: association and creative imagination. Association is used when people associate two things together because of similar properties of the two objects. Imagination is used for the person to think of outrageous things that the person would be able to remember easily. Therefore, a combination of these two things would result in the person being able to think of something that is easily remembered and associate it with the thing that the person wants to remember. This is also shown from our
Mind maps are useful when it comes to remembering huge amounts of information. Images in Mind Maps help imagination. Branches in mind map helps association. Mind Maps encourage us to look for links (association) and help to sort out our memory. This allows organization. For example:
What to remember what to buy from a furniture shop
This way – when you think of what to buy, you think of the four topics. When you think of living room, immediately you would branch out to sofa, stereo, television and lamp. You can make it easier to branch out with your imagination. It would be much easier than to memorize things without categorization. You can also use mind maps to add the colours and pictures that aid you in memorizing this list.
However, studies show that using effective memory techniques will not add the number of neurons in your brain. It's not like any other muscle that when used frequently gets bigger or stronger. However, with constant usage of memory techniques, these techniques will prove to be more and more effortless. Scientifically, this is because when we provide increasingly more situations and stimuli to our brain, the neurons change in response. New nerve spines and receptors are formed, so memory training do serve a purpose! You can become more and more creative with your imagination and associations, you can, with practice, be a memory grandmaster yourself!