7 ways to improve memory, so as not to seem stupid

“I don’t remember the people I’ve met before. It's so embarrassing! ”

The police are specially trained people who are engaged in facial recognition. The technique by which they work can teach us a lot. They look at the face from different points of view and pay attention to the smallest details that an ordinary person does not even notice. Emotions, shapes, color - all they notice.

How to do it? When you meet a person, make eye contact, pay attention to eyebrows, hair color and lip shape. Try to notice the scars or birthmarks. After that, imagine a person sitting on a sofa in your house, standing near a window or opposite some painting. And mentally transfer to him. If you go to a working reception where you do not know anyone, ask someone who is already familiar with the guest list. Search the search engines, social networks - see how they look.

Do this every time you meet someone: remember his face, his name, his distinguishing features. Imagine yourself next to him.

“I remember faces, but I don’t remember the names, help!”

When someone represents you, make a fist of your right hand, repeat his name to yourself and make eye contact. This activates the necessary areas of the brain responsible for creating memories. At the next meeting, squeeze the left fist to activate the right hemisphere, which is responsible for storing memories.

“I don't remember where I parked the car.”

After you park, stand in front of the car and wait a few seconds. Draw an imaginary line from the car to the entrance to the building, then go towards it. But before you go inside, turn around and look at your imaginary line. In your memory will be fixed, as you made your way from the car to the entrance. To memorize a particular parking space, try to keep visual cues in your memory. For example, if the place is 2 V and is colored red, then imagine two red balloons in your head.

“I don't remember if I turned off the iron”

Such thoughts appear in your head when you enter the plane, for example. To avoid this, tell yourself aloud before leaving the house: “I turned off the iron! I don't need to do this again! ” Or: "I closed the door!". When you speak it out loud, your brain captures the memory.

"I find it difficult to navigate in space"

In our brain there are cells, special neurons that are responsible for orientation in space. Therefore, at the level of instincts, we know how to behave in space. But there are a couple of tips to get even better. Learn to bypass without a navigator. Use Google maps for virtual travel to remember the route. Practice until you learn the way.

On any trip, see where you are going. This seems obvious, but most people who complain about their inability to navigate in space are not at all interested in what is happening around them while they are walking. Notice signs, bushes, flowers, stones - everything that seems unusual. Draw parallels with buildings and streets.

“I lost my keys again”

When you come home from somewhere, stop at the door. Where is everyone? Keys, umbrella, bag, glasses and phone? Do not pull them out of your pockets and do not scatter them in different places. Put it all together. Can not find? Not looking. They are not lost, but you are. There are no lost objects, there are unsystematic searches. Calm down and think - no need to fuss. Blind panic will not help you. If you cannot find it, then most likely it is not your fault: someone took or handed over your keys. Ask about it.