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  1. If the information is not kept in memory for a long time, then it is necessary to understand whether the reason lies in poor memory or inattention. Often we read mechanically, watch something, and even have a conversation, while our thoughts are occupied with something abstract. As a result, we can't remember not only details, but sometimes even significant events. Being engaged in the present moment, paying attention, and even being attentive is the first and mandatory condition for remembering the information you receive.

    Attention is one of the three main higher mental, cognitive (i.e. cognitive) functions of the brain, and it can and should be trained to maintain tone. Regular training will help you learn how to focus quickly and maintain a high concentration of attention on any activity.

    Memory is the second cognitive function of the brain, along with attention and thinking, which weakens without training. Memory can be short-term (2-3 seconds), working (i.e. operational, allowing you to keep information in your mind and operate on it), and long-term (long-term storage of information). If the material is forgotten after a while, long-term memory is probably affected. Also, memory has a number of properties, and the described problem indicates a weakening of such properties as memorization, storage and reproduction of information.

    Comprehensive training of brain functions will help train both attention and memory, as well as maintain brain tone for effective work. Wikium is an online platform for improving brain performance through cognitive simulators. More than 45 simulators are developed on the basis of 15 scientific methods of studying the brain.�

    The training plan is created individually for each user based on an introductory test and a questionnaire when registering on the site. The adaptive algorithm builds the program so that the strengths are a support for the weaker ones, i.e. the service itself will determine whether attention or memory suffers more. In addition, during training sessions, the service itself tracks your progress and adjusts the program. In addition to daily training, you can do it separately, additionally on simulators that develop attention and memory — there are 12 of them in each direction.

  2. Yes, you are normal. Either I'm stupid too, I don't know. But it seems to me that almost everyone quickly forgets the content of what they read/viewed, if it doesn't really affect them. This probably doesn't apply only to some Wassermans.�

    I also have this problem. I even forgot the content of Pride and Prejudice a week after reading it, even though I had already watched the show in addition. But I liked the book. It's even worse with non – fiction. But I found a fairly simple and obvious way out – to write down what I learned. Even the plots of works of art, if they seemed interesting or important. Through this method, I learned whether neuroscience explains determinism, what plead the fifth means, whether people in the Middle Ages were more emotional, what supersymmetry is, and why hermaphroditism is evolutionarily unstable. In general, quite serious things that would otherwise be unlikely to remember.�

    The main thing is to write down the information you have already processed, that is, your thoughts or your retelling, if possible, after reading (details can already be clarified by peeking at the book / movie). There are now all sorts of fashionable methods of taking notes, you can search on the Internet, with them you will have to rework the information even more, which is good.

    I have a large notebook for this purpose and write everything down with a cool fountain pen, so that it is more pleasant to write, and also to prevent myself from writing too quickly. Sometimes I look in there to reread what I wrote, so I remember it even better. You can think of other ways to make your notes more attractive to you and your writing experience more enjoyable. I have in this notebook for some reason a bunch of drawings with birds, for example. Sometimes there are also stickers.

    I don't know why no one else has suggested the good old synopsis. This probably works the same way as retelling aloud, as suggested above. It also seems to me that people are right about information overload, and therefore you should not take too much information, otherwise it is not surprising that it does not settle in memory.

  3. Articles designed for a broad audience contain very little information. Due to the broad audience, their authors cannot assume that the reader already knows something about this issue. They always assume that the reader is not in the topic at all. And the volume of the article is not enough to tell about something in full depth. Therefore, the information in the articles is fragmentary and superficial. To understand and remember such information, you need to already have some kind of foundation in your head that this information could cling to. Without such a framework, reading articles is useless. Random fragments will never make up a whole. In order to form a foundation, you need to read large non-fiction texts. Within the whole book, the author always has the opportunity to develop the topic gradually, moving from simple to complex, and illustrate important ideas with many concrete examples.

  4. Forgetfulness of articles and movies is not always a problem with memory. The brain is designed so that we usually remember what we are interested in, what we often encounter, or what left a greater impression(even if bad).

  5. 1) Reduce the amount of information consumed.

    2) Organize your knowledge. Each next topic must be connected to the previous one in some way.

    3) Train mindfulness. While walking, pay attention to passers-by – what they are wearing, hair color, facial expression. Try to remember as many details as possible after a few minutes.

    4) Form an emotional attitude to the information received. We better remember what caused us strong emotions. For example, if you read about historical events, imagine yourself participating in these events.�

    5) Find the best way of perception for yourself. If you have a hard time memorizing printed text, try an audio book, or dictate the text on a dictaphone. If it is difficult to perceive a dry logical statement, retell it in your mind, paragraph by paragraph, in your own words.

    6) Do regular memory training. Memory, as well as muscle, can be trained. And, just like with muscles, a couple of workouts won't be enough.

  6. You are not stupid, it's just that your brain consumes a lot of information, and your memory is not able to remember all this. There are two ways out of this situation. First: read articles and watch movies in a smaller volume.

    Second, you need to train your memory and you will be able to memorize in detail the plots of films, exact historical dates, complex terms, names and surnames of outstanding people.

  7. You are not exactly” dumb”. Otherwise, you wouldn't have been able to visit this site and correctly ask a question. Remembering information is also influenced by our self-esteem-this is a scientifically proven fact.�

    Most people have the same memory as you do.I recently watched a lecture on the Internet and would not have remembered anything if not for the summary that I kept during the viewing and to which I repeatedly returned later.

    Informative articles and movies are good. But the range of topics covered in them can be very wide. A good solution may be to narrow down your interests to one of the most interesting and relevant topics. Agree, after reading an article today on the topic “how to develop your memory”, and tomorrow another, but again on the same topic -the chances of remembering increase.

  8. Wikium! Hah, just kidding, of course not.�

    Here's my advice: reduce the amount of information you consume. Perhaps you are simply oversaturated with information, especially scientific, which is oh so difficult to learn.

    Second. Perhaps the whole point is in their practicality, in the benefit from the information received. The brain will legally remove from the head what it doesn't need to survive. After all, if you understand, all these articles are not so easy to apply in life.�

    The third. Analyze, after reading or watching a movie, a little time will pass and everything will be forgotten, because after receiving information, we put it in a sooooo long box, somewhere where it becomes covered with dust ,and one day it is completely thrown away as unnecessary. Therefore, get it out of there more often ,think about it, analyze it. If you have watched a movie about space ,you will go out at night, look at the stars and imagine all those pictures from the movie that they are happening literally at this second, somewhere not so far away planets are forming or stars are fading. All this happens in the same second, if you read about the device of the car, then walk along the road, look at the car, imagine what it has under the hood, how gasoline flows from the tank to the engine, how thousands of explosions occur in the cylinders, how it is transmitted to the shaft, and then to the wheels and all this moves in this second. If you have read something about behavioral psychology, then observe people, read their emotions, and connect what you see with what you have read. This way you will be surprised by the usual things as a child. Over time, this will become automatic and you will process all the information you receive in your head without even thinking about it.

  9. You confuse intelligence with erudition. If you train your memory, you will be able to remember more information, but not become smarter (although this is a very important factor that helps in this).

    To become smarter, you need to think systematically. To be able to analyze, synthesize, and develop critical thinking in your head – that's all. The bare facts will simply bury you and your will to become smarter

  10. Stop thinking of yourself as stupid. You don't keep in mind what you don't need or aren't interested in. Someone probably convinced you that in order to be a Person, you need to read this and watch that. Don't believe any idiots. Each person has a talent and the fact that someone does not evaluate it does not make it worse.
    Take for example a simple action, a beautiful package of food. Here you collect your own food for work or school, and instead of throwing everything at random, you create a mini picture with your composition. Is this stupid? Most old minds will say yes! no matter how old these old minds are. But in Japan, this is a special kind of art. Bento is called.
    In other words, study what you are interested in. Then nothing will ever be erased from your memory.) And eat more fruit), it is healthy and delicious.)

  11. The problem is that new knowledge must be put on prepared ground. Therefore, for example, school education is conducted consistently – each new topic appeals to the previous ones, recently studied.

    In this way, both old and new knowledge is consolidated.

    Your case suggests that you are trying to absorb information for which there are no clues at all in your body of knowledge. Roughly speaking, new data just “slips” on the surface of your intelligence, without clinging to anything.

    Start building consistent courses – starting with some concepts that are close to you, gradually approaching new ones. Or contact a professional teacher who will help you methodically. If it's important to you.

  12. Forgetting is a natural process. Practice or embedding new data in a previously created context helps you consolidate your knowledge. Find the area that really interests you. Build a scheme in which the knowledge you need/are interested in will be interconnected. In fact, the book Introduction into critical thinking is very well written about this �

    And just my opinion-think about whether you really need to worry so much about the fact that incoherent, although curious facts, are not stored in your memory. The question is not the amount of information, but how you apply it.�

    In general, intelligence is a highly subjective assessment. Don't worry. Everything in the world is relative and not worth worrying about.

  13. The amount of information you consume won't make you smarter…You need to develop your memory, thinking, and analytical skills – otherwise it's just filling your head with unnecessary information…

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