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Dear senior citizens, this new trick may help you boost your memory

The memory trick is similar to the playground game of rock, paper, scissors. A research revealed that it is helpful strategy that may help older adults improve their memory.

fitness Updated: Aug 14, 2017 13:29 IST
Asian News International, Washington DC
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A team of researchers have revealed a helpful strategy that may help older adults improve their memory. (Shutterstock)

A team of researchers have revealed a helpful strategy that may help older adults improve their memory. According to researchers, the use of action and consequence to remember objects is only found to work in older people, who are not suffering from cognitive decline, as it requires the brain to carry out more than one function at once.

The results revealed that people using the action and consequence technique, or unitisation, achieved 78% after being trained in the memory game and playing it following an hour’s break.

Co-author Jennifer Ryan from the University of Toronto, said, “Previous research has shown that imagining two objects fusing into one will help people work around these memory deficits, but our work demonstrated that understanding the relationship between the two items is also important.”

They analysed 80 people aged 61 to 88, who boosted their performance significantly in memory tests. The memory trick is similar to the playground game of rock, paper, scissors. Imagining an action and a consequence together, such as the keys scratching the table, gets round the problem by fooling the brain into grouping the two separate items together as one. The older study participants were asked to use one of four memory techniques to figure out the winner in each pair. The results reveal that an action and consequence between two objects makes it far easier to keep them in mind.

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First Published: Aug 14, 2017 13:28 IST