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Can’t stop the clock!

But we sure as hell can make sure we stay mentally healthy and avoid the danger of Alzheimer’s – which is a major threat as we age – if we don’t stay mentally agile.Alzheimer’s is not easy to live with.

Now I am not going into what Alzheimer’s is, etc. Instead, let’s look at an interesting questionnaire you can answer – and feel happy about – because it can boost your memory – which is something you can benefit from, anyway. It’s fun – and you’ll enjoy it. It looks longish, but it takes barely five minutes. And you can grade yourself at the end.

Here goes:

1. Think back to your childhood memory. What sticks out most in your mind?
a.  Images of the things you saw
b. A conversation you had
c. What you felt that day

2. When getting a new mobile phone do you
a.  Read the instructions
b. Ask someone how it works
c. Press the buttons and see what happens!

3. When reading a novel, do you
a. See the scenes as if watching a movie
b. Hear the dialogue
c. Imagine yourself as the main character

4. How do you usually deal with problems?
a. Write it down to get a clear picture
b. Find someone you can talk it through with
c. Run through it in your until you come to a solution which feels right

5. What’s the most important trait in a partner
a. Grooming
b. If they listen to you
c. Whether they make you laugh

6. What do you say most
a. I see what you mean
b. I hear what you’re saying
c. I know how you feel

7. If you are in a group of people and someone is hogging the conversation, do you find yourself
a. Daydreaming about what fun you could be having
b. Humming the latest tunes or whispering to others
c. Shifting around in the hope they will get the hint

8. Think about what you did yesterday, what comes to mind
a. Pictures
b. Words
c. Feelings

9. When stopping someone to ask for directions do you
a. See the streets in your mind as they are explaining
b. Listen to the directions and try to repeat them back
c. You don’t stop, you know it’s around here somewhere

10. What makes information memorable for you
a. Taking notes or drawing diagrams
b. Listening to someone explain and talking it through
c. Running it through in your mind and practicing

If you scored mostly A’s – you’re a visual learner!

You have great visual perception and your creative skills are boundless. With a natural ability to spark off folks’ imaginations, you can make anything memorable. “Capitalize on your excellent visual skills, create images to represent information, exaggerate them so they stand out in your mind”

If you scored mostly B’s – you’re an auditory learner!
You are a great listener, communicator and usually better at remembering names than most. People are drawn to you because of this. Work on your visual and kinaesthetic skills and the possibilities are endless.  “When learning something new, tell someone what you have just read or repeat the information aloud”.

If you scored mostly C’s – you’re a kinaesthetic learner!
You’re not big on listening but you’re learning style is full on. You like to jump right in and see what happens. You love to experience things.  Once you’ve learned something it usually stays learned for a long time. “When you’re memorizing try and get your emotions involved this will make the information really stick out in your mind”.
 

Yeah, now that you know what kind of learner you are, so what??

 Use this simple technique to memorize 10 items in under 60 seconds. What you’ll do is  imagine each item
associated to a different part of your body.
  • If you are visual, really see the images in your mind.
  • If you are auditory repeat the words aloud while visualizing.
  • If you are kinaesthetic stand up and imagine throwing the items on your body!

Imagine eggs on your feet, the yolk dripping in between your toes. Sticky tape is tying your knees together. You’re throwing ketchup over your thighs. A cucumber is on your back. A gigantic watch is tied around your waist like a belt. Someone throws ice-cubes over your chest. Bread is growing out of your neck. Cereal is dripping down your face. Your hair is made of spaghetti. There are hundreds of sausages on the ceiling.

Now look at each part of your body and see how much you remember!

And let me know how you scored!!

Reference: ThirdAge

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Cheers!

Vidya

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1 Comment

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    Vidya Sury
    December 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Shail, that’s a fun score 😀

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