How to Improve Memory – By Playing Duck, Duck, Goose?

Improve Memory – Simple Memory Secret #6

Duck, Duck, Duck… GOOSE!

Remember that game as a kid?

Sitting in a circle… legs crossed, heart racing, as you waited in anticipation for the kid skipping around that circle to tap your noggin’ on the head.

You’d play out the scenarios in your head:

Okay, if it’s Duck, Duck, Duck, DUCK…

I can relax, I’m safe…

But…

If it’s Duck, Duck, Duck, GOOSE!

Man, I’m gonna turn on the jets and catch that little bastard…

(Life was so simple back then, right?)

Now, It turns out, that silly little game can teach us TWO important lessons about how to improve your memory:

And those lessons? Patterns and Stress.

The Power of Patterns (and Breaking Them)

As you probably know (and extensive research confirms this), an easy way to remember something, is simply to make it NEW and DIFFERENT.

And the reason why, is because our brains have what’s called a high “attentional bias” toward something that doesn’t fit a pattern.

What this means is that your brain is very good at picking up patterns in your environment and letting them pass by without freaking out too much.

BUT as soon as it notices a BREAK in that pattern, the warning bells go off and you can’t HELP but pay attention.

Ten thousand years ago, that break in pattern might have been the outline of a predator against a pattern of tall grass… Today, it might be a lunatic driver you notice in your rear-view mirror, texting on their cell phone and driving like a maniac :-)

Your internal dialogue (which takes place in a fraction of a second) goes like this:

“Woah! Is this break in pattern a threat to me? Or is it something I can safely ignore. Help me, brain… What should I do???”

And when you (and your brain) react like this, the event becomes MEMORABLE.

In fact, it’s a survival mechanism:

Because when your brain FORMS a memory of this event, the NEXT time you notice a similar break in a pattern – like say the outline of that scary predator in the tall grass – your brain REMEMBERS it’s a threat, and tells you how to respond.

And the underlying REASON why this works so well, comes down to HOW your body responds to STRESS.

Because as it turns out, for your memory, a little stress is a GOOD thing, and here’s why:

Stress & Memory: Lighter Fluid for Your Brain

As you might have guessed, when your brain notices a break in pattern (like one of those examples above), it raises your body’s natural stress levels.

If the break is perceived as a negative threat, your body may release the hormone cortisol. If it’s perceived as a positive stress (a challenge – like when you’re the GOOSE, for example) then your body releases adrenaline.

And when these chemicals (in moderate amounts) are released in your brain, it’s sort of adding lighter fluid to a charcoal grill before starting the fire: The chemicals help create the right conditions in your brain to “ignite” the memory formation process.

In fact, neurobiologist James McGaugh out of the University of California, has famously demonstrated that rats injected with moderate amounts of adrenaline remember far longer than those with no injection.

Okay, so here’s how you can use this info:

Stress & Patterns: Practical Tip for Your Memory #1

In Simple Memory Secret #5 – I talked about the Fairytale Effect™. How you’re better at remembering the beginning and end of a story, event, or learning experience than you are at remembering the middle.

And I explain why it’s BEST to break your learning and study time down into shorter sessions, with short breaks in between.

(You can check out that Full Article if you’re interested, but the simple formula is: More Beginnings + More Ends = More Remembered.)

And the REASON why this is TRUE, is because of HOW your body responds to CHANGE differently at the beginning, middle, and end of a learning experience.

Beginning vs. Middle vs. End

At the beginning, your body produces a positive stress response because of the suspense, anticipation, and sense of challenge you feel about the upcoming event.

In other words, your brain is PUMPED with all that Mental Lighter Fluid – a GOOD thing for your memory.

But by the time the middle rolls around, the effects start to wear off because you start to feel stable. And boredom starts to set it because of the pattern.

But as you start to approach the end, you develop a renewed sense of anticipation (Woohoo! Break time is a ‘comin!) and once again your brain is primed to remember.

So, Yes: You want to break up your long learning and study sessions into several shorter ones…

But here’s the other thing that’s important:

Stress & Patterns: Practical Tip for Your Memory #2

Your brain THRIVES on new and different experiences. Because otherwise to your brain, life gets BORING!

(And this is one of the reasons why mental decline starts to set in as early as your 20s…)

The solution?

You want break up your regular ROUTINES every once in a while, and introduce something NEW and DIFFERENT into your life:

Like for example, trying the RocketMemory™ Rapid-Learning Program.

Because if you’re looking for that little JOLT to Wake Up Your Brain and get your memory working better than ever, you really should check out this 10-Day Home Study Memory Course today.

Remember, you can Try this program RISK-FREE because it’s backed by a 60-Day 100% Money-Back Guarantee. What this means is this:

If you’re not absolutely THRILLED with the program and your results – you can just send it back no problem, and we’ll give you a full and courteous refund (with a smile.)

And we’ll still remain friends, I promise :-) The bottom line is this: If you’re not happy, we’re not happy!

But don’t put this off another day. In fact, go ahead and check out the Home Study Memory Course now – AND see some of the inspiring Success Stories of OTHER customers who have tried the program and how it’s changed THEIR lives forever.

(I think you TOO will be amazed with what YOUR mind and memory is capable of when you have this system at your fingertips.)

In the meantime, I wish you all the best.

And here’s to YOUR success!

My warmest regards,

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Ryan Levesque
RocketMemory Co-Founder