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These films aim to address your fears about memory loss and dementia and provide practical advice about brain health.
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Korean subtitles courtesy of Misook Ahn.
Spanish subtitles courtesy of José Ignacio Marsá Valdovinos.
Dutch subtitles courtesy of Mirjam Schepens.
Basque subtitles courtesy of Unai Diaz.
French subtitles courtesy of Jacques Gatard and Jennifer David.
Italian subtitles courtesy of Valentina Gigliucci and Simona Salamone.
German subtitles courtesy of Jean Maples.
Irish subtitles courtesy of Róisín Adams
Portuguese (Brazil) subtitles courtesy of Dhara Corte.
How does your memory work?
Your memories are interesting to think about, not just those sticky situations from your travels that you tell people about but what is going on inside your brain? Every time you remember something your brain calls on your memory network and instantly your hippocampus and other parts of your brain spring to action.
They work together as a team, building your memories from scratch, whenever you witness an event, learn a fact or experience something that you really want to remember. These parts of the brain kick start the memory making process.
Here is how scientists think it works;
First, your brain consciously registers the memory a process called ENCODING. If you're like most people, you forget a name right after being introduced to someone, this doesn't mean you have a bad memory it means you haven't encoded the name, probably because you weren't paying attention. The next step in the process is the glue that holds the memory together. Scientists call this step consolidation. But the memory is only a memory once your remember it. Which is why scientists call the final step RETRIEVAL. Retrieving a memory is one of the best ways to boost your memory because every time you remember something the neural pathways to that memory get stronger.
There is even more you can do to help your memory and it's not rocket science.
A regular sleep pattern helps, so does a balanced diet which not only keeps your body in shape but gives your brain the vital nutrients it need to perform. Exercise helps to by boosting the amount of oxygen and nutrients flowing to your brain. Challenge your brain; learning new things and staying mentally active can actually increase the physical size of your brain.
All of these things will keep your memory on its toes. Which mean that you play the starring role in maintaining a healthy memory. It's you that makes your memory work, you and your all-important memory network.
Nola funtzionatzen du zure oroimenak?
Comment fonctionne votre mémoire?
Come funziona la memoria?
Hoe werkt je geheugen?
우리의 기억은 어떻게 작용할까요?
Wie funktioniert unser Gedächtnis?
¿Cómo funciona tu memoria?
Como sua memória funciona?
Conas a oibríonn do chuimhne?