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Monday, August 3, 2015

Activities to Boost Memory

Memory Boosted a Staggering 50% By These Activities From Childhood

Phys Blog | [based on research appearing] June 2015

Climbing a tree can improve working memory by 50%, a new study finds.
The same is true of other dynamic activities like balancing on a beam, carrying awkward weights and navigating around obstacles.


<more at; related links: (Lifestyle Changes May Guard Aging Brain Against Memory Loss. July 24, 2015) and (The Working Memory Benefits of Proprioceptively Demanding Training: A Pilot Study. Perceptual and Motor Skills: Volume 120, Issue 3, pp. 766-775. doi: 10.2466/22.PMS.120v18x1. AbstractThe aim of this study was to investigate the effect of proprioception on working memory. It was also of interest whether an acute and highly intensive period of exercise would yield working memory gains. The training group completed a series of proprioceptively demanding exercises. There were also control classroom and yoga groups. Working memory was measured using a backward digit recall test. The data indicated that active, healthy adults who undertook acute, proprioceptively demanding training improved working memory scores compared to the classroom and yoga groups. One possible reason that the training yielded significant working memory gains could be that the training was proprioceptively dynamic, requiring proprioception and at least one other factor—such as locomotion or navigation—at the same time, which may have contributed to the improvements in working memory performance.)>

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