Vitamins for Memory – How I plan to become an elephant
After a few posts, it’s time to introduce myself and explain the purpose of the website Vitamins for Memory.
My name is Ger Post and besides my work as a journalist for various magazines I study Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. At the moment I’m doing a research project in Melbourne, Australia on the neural correlates of stress, learning and schizophrenia.
Even after four years of studying the brain – first in psychology and later in neuroscience – it never stops to amaze me. The great potential of those 100 billion brain cells (of which we only use 10%) strikes me every time I conduct a study. However, like many language students who try to become The Greatest Writer Ever (and realize after four years of studying they just became spelling Nazi’s), I came to the conclusion that studying the brain does not improve your brainpower.
To be more precise: my memory sucks.
How do I know I have a bad memory? Well, my average score on an IQ-test served as a first indication. IQ-scores exemplify for a major part your working memory, the ability to actively hold information in the mind needed to do complex tasks (such as reasoning, comprehension and learning). And then there are these other signs: forgetting where to put my keys, awkward situations where I – again! – forgot someone’s name, and so on. But the most confronting moment was when a 5-year-old girl beat me in a memory game. Three times.
The story behind the website Vitamins for Memory
It is time to apply the latest lessons from psychology and neuroscience to my brain. The journey towards an elephant’s memory starts today. The first months I will research different techniques and memory supplements to improve my memory.
What brain vitamins will help me get a healthy brain? What are important considerations when buying memory vitamins? What are the state of the art techniques to improve brainpower?
Once I have chosen the best technique and nutrition, I will start working on my memory. What are the limits? How far can the techniques and vitamins for memory take someone with an average score on IQ-tests?
‘What do you look for when buying vitamins for memory?’
These questions will be answered as I plan to do regular memory and IQ-tests – and if I improve on those tests, I might even find the confidence to play the toddler in a memory game again.
My journey through the world of memory vitamins and techniques can be followed on the Vitamins for Memory blog.