Utilize Repetition for Remembering Tasks One effective habit for remembering names is to repeat the name as many times as possible when you first meet, without freaking the person out of course. Repetition is one of the most common ways that a specific memory can be reclassified from short-term to long-term in your brain. As you do this, form the habit of repeating people's names out loud several times, and you'll notice that it's easy to remember next time you see them.
Our memory helps us connect our past with our present and then we use that information to try to predict future outcomes. One of the most exciting discoveries in modern psychology was that memories are not controlled by only one specific part of the brain, but instead involve neural connections from the hippocampus to the neocortex, and in some cases even the limbic system. One memory might be broken down into many individual pieces of information, stored separately in the brain, and recalled and reassembled when they are needed to form the memory of the whatever the experience might have been. Two of the important parts of the brain responsible for sensory input part of the hippocampus and the frontal cortex. If you want to learn how to improve your memory, understanding the way that human memory works is very important. Improving your long-term memory is important. As its name implies, long-term memory is the brain’s capacity to store and recall information over a long period of time. It is believed that as soon as experiences happen, our brain stores a representation of that experience in the hippocampus. Then with time, these memories are then taken from their temporary storage in the hippocampus and are passed on to the neocortex where they are stored permanently. A very effective learning technique called a mnemonic device can be used anytime you want to learn something permanently, as this technique is very effective at helping the brain transfer short-term memories to the neocortex for long-term storage and retrieval. Another popular technique is naps enhance cognitive function (http://www.memoryenhancement.org). The Benefits of Improving Short-Term Memory Our short-term memory has the capacity to store a seven digit phone number for around thirty seconds. In multiple tests a 10 digit phone number was shown to be more than short-term memory can hold for most people. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to remember up to 10 or more digits, it's probably a good idea to break up the number into smaller sections, and then commit each section to memory.
Enhancing your Memory Through Word Association One of the best tips for remembering people's names is to use Word Association. Try to connect their name to something unique about them. This could easily be a hobby they're passionate about, or even something about one of their family members. If you think this sounds too simplistic to actually work, you'd be wrong, and I would encourage you to try it.