There are many different types of memory. While we can’t outline them all here, we will focus mainly on your sensory memory in this article.
Sensory memory can be understood as the short-term element of memory, which lasts for less than a second. On receiving the information from the sensory memory, the brain decides to either put in short-term memory or long-term memory. There are numerous types of sensory memory as follows.
3 Types of Sensory Memory
An example of your iconic memory is when you look at a picture for a brief second and the image persists for a moment, while your brain stores the image memory for future reference.
An example of your echoic memory working would be remembering hearing a high-pitched scream. You remember it for a while, cringe for a few moments, and then the brain stores it in short-term memory for future reference.
An example of haptic memory is when, as a child, you would have touched any hot object and would have avoided the same experience later. This is because the brain has retained the feeling of pain in your memory.
It is important to note that lack of sensory memory can lead to mental problems like schizophrenia. To avoid such disorders, the following yoga poses and food choices are few suggestions on how to enhance your sensory memory.
How to Enhance Sensory Memory through Yoga
Yoga is an exercise that focuses on stretching and bending to increase flexibility. Mindful movements yoga teaches us is how to balance the mind-body connection. Here are some basic yoga poses that may also support your sensory memory through movement.
For this pose, place yourself on the ground with your upper body straight, place your left foot on right thigh, and vice versa. It is important to note that your soles must face upward and close to your abdomen. The final step is to keep your hands in mudra position over your knees and start breathing gently, with head straight.
Shoulder Stand Pose (Sarvangasana)
For this pose, lie down on an even surface (on a yoga mat) with your back on the ground and lift your legs together at 90 degrees. Slowly, try keeping your legs firm up in the air. It is important to hold your back with your arms against the floor and palms on spine.
Note: Always remember to keep your shoulder blades straight.
For this pose, you will have to kneel on the ground with hands next to your chest like you’re praying and place your body on your legs. Keep your eyes fixed straight and close your eyelids. Now breathe relaxingly. It is important to keep your spine straight throughout the pose.
How to Enhance Sensory Memory through Food
Certain foods also have the ability to support sensory memory by providing the brain with the essential nutrients it needs to function properly. Here are a few of our favorite healthy food options.
Oranges have high vitamin C content. This helps in fighting against free radicals and thus your brain can be protected from any such damage. As a result, your cognitive and memory capabilities will function properly. Vitamin C also helps in protecting your brain from diseases like Alzheimer’s. Therefore, in addition to oranges, you can add any vitamin C-rich fruits in your diet, like lemons or apples.
Vitamin K is essential for brain health, essentially when it is for enhancement of memory power. The same is highly present in broccoli. Furthermore, broccoli has a large number of other compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which will protect your brain from damage.
Turmeric has the ingredient curcumin, which directly benefits all the cells present in your brain. As a result, your memory will be improved.
Do you feel like you have a good grasp on what sensory memory is now?