Magnesium has been on the list of important vitamins for memory for a while, but a clear relation between magnesium and cognitive function has recently been discovered by a group of scientists from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Magtein, a patent-pending magnesium compound, raises brain’s magnesium levels and increased learning ability, working memory and short- and long-term memory in young and aged rats.
Taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement with added herbal ingredients may protect memory in older women, a recent study from a research group in Australia suggests.
Subjects in the experimental group consumed the commercial product Swisse Women’s Ultivite 50+, containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant extracts. Amongst many others, also the usual suspects in vitamins for memory were represented: Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, potassium and calcium. See for the full list of ingredients the table below (click on image for a bigger picture). (more…)
Working memory is arguably the most important factor that determines intelligence. It turns out that working memory, the ability to retain information in order to act upon it (for example when you remember a phone number to type it into your phone), is a major aspect in intelligence tests. In short, the better your working memory, the higher your Intelligence Quotient (IQ). (more…)
You may have noticed that merely playing a brain game or a memory game will not make you super-human outside that game. You still can’t cram those lists of words in your head, no matter how high your high score is on, for example, memory or face memory. How can you train the skills you need in real-life situations with memory games for adults? (more…)
When you read articles on brain training or memory games, it seems that there is no consensus on whether these games improve memory. On the one hand, game developers like to stress the amazing effects of their product on your brain. Sometimes they hire celebrities like Nicole Kidman to promote their products, other times they point at mountains of research supporting their claims. The latter is a bit of bluffing, because who is going to read these articles? (more…)
Many studies have found that stress has deleterious effects on short-term (or working) memory. Short-term memory is the capacity to keep a small bit of information active in your mind. Once you acted on it, for example when you type in a phone number into your phone, the information is usually gone.
This type of memory heavily relies on the prefrontal cortex (PFC), an area located at the front of the brain. The PFC is also the part of the brain that is affected by stress, and short-term memory therefore deteriorates in stressful situations. That is why you have to look up a number a couple of times during a stressful exam; your PFC does not register the information. (more…)