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Memory

Lee Gerdes from Brainstate Technologies writes about memory issues:

The human brain has an inherently amazing ability to memorize in incredible detail. Although many of us have learned to use a variety of techniques to improve our memory, few of us begin exploit our immense memory potential.

In my book Limitless You—the Infinite Possibilities of a Balanced Brain, I describe the case of an artist who, flying above the city of Rome in a helicopter, was able to remember every street, every roofline, every car parked on the streets, every bus on the streets, and draw this on a 35-foot sheet of paper over a three-day period after he landed.

I want to emphasize that this man had never seen Rome. In fact, he was blindfolded until in the helicopter so he couldn’t catch even a glimpse of his surroundings. What he remembered came entirely from systematically traversing the city one time by air for three and a half hours. A camera attached to his head recorded exactly what he saw.

Not many of us can remember anywhere near this exceptional level. Few of us are blessed with photographic memories that allow us to retain even the words we see on a page in a book, for instance. Yet situations such as the one I just described point to the incredible memory capability of the human brain.

In contrast to such amazing memory ability, we have probably all seen movies, or heard of cases in the news or from people we know, that involve someone receiving a blow to the head, such as from a fall or in a car accident, that causes them to lose their memory.

It may be a partial loss, such as an inability to remember recent events. Or the person may not have any awareness even of who they are, including their name, where they live, and the loved ones they are close to. Formerly happily married couples have sometimes found themselves utter strangers in such situations.

In some cases there is actual physical damage to the brain, such as if a bullet passes through it as in the case of Representative Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in Tucson, Arizona, by a deranged gunman. In such situations the physical structure of the brain is impacted.

But in many cases a person loses their memory as a result of trauma to the head that has resulted in a brain imbalance. The different lobes no longer function harmoniously as they should. This prevents the person from piecing together memories, which we now know aren’t stored in just one place in the brain but are stored diffusely. In other words, once information passes from short-term memory to long-term memory, a process that involves the hippocampus, it becomes encoded in neural connections that are spread throughout the brain. Effective memory involves the ability to reassemble the information.

Why does head trauma disrupt the brain’s ability to recover memories? The answer lies in the fact that the balanced state between the various lobes required for effective memory has been disrupted by the trauma. Also, since memory is stored in both the left and the right hemispheres of the brain, an imbalance affects the synchronization of these hemispheres, causing memory to be hazy.

Brainwave Optimization™, using the HIRREM™ technology pioneered by Brain State Technologies®, fine-tunes the synchronization of the hemispheres and lobes of the brain so that information passes more readily along the neural pathways, enabling us to remember clearly.

Of course, it goes without saying that each brain is uniquely “wired,” in that the neural network of any two individuals is arranged differently according to the individual’s genetic makeup and their experiences in life, including the impact of past trauma. By nature some of us are more musically inclined, some more mathematically inclined. Similarly, our memory capabilities vary according to our unique brain patterns, with some of us able to remember details in ways others can’t.

Regardless of our unique brain maps, balancing and harmonizing the brain with Brain State’s amazing technology helps almost everyone to improve their ability to remember—sometimes in dramatic ways. With a balanced and harmonized brain, we begin to reach for our potential.

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