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Enhance Memory Through Attention

A focused male adult student is writing in a classroom setting with other students in the background. College. Young adult. Man.

How can brain-healthy habits support working memory?

A sharp memory is a prized intellectual attribute, but too much focus on memorization can deplete brain resources. Instead, practice applying strategies that elevate focus and attention.


A brain too occupied with remembering every detail tends to work less efficiently. Finding everyday ways to exercise higher-level cognitive functions, like problem solving, decision-making and critical reasoning, can promote independence and also working memory.


  • Take notes instead of relying on memory.
  • Minimize distractions, and complete tasks at your own pace.
  • Reword ideas to help with processing and understand new information.
  • Explore creative strategies for reminding yourself of important tasks or steps in a process, like trying strategically placed signs, personal notes and calendar alerts.

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