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Boost your memory by Darren Bridger

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Pay attention

Information needs to go in properly if you’re going to remember it, and attention has become one of the scarcest resources of our time.

Most of us don’t have enough attention during the day to cover all the things we’d like it to. This lack of concentration can impair memory.

We are constantly bombarded with sensory information, yet we only consciously pay attention to a very small amount of it. In general, we only pay attention to things which are novel, emotional or meaningful. Of course, what is meaningful can vary a lot from person to person or across time, depending on the person’s current range of interests. And we don’t always know, at the time, what might be meaningful later. Nevertheless, somehow we must direct our ...

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