by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Project Manager : Project Manager Feb Mar 2013
36 Project Manager SILVIA DE RIDDER Silvia de Ridder is an AIPM CPPD Assessor and Principal of Unconscious Potential. CAREER CENTRE The brain train Continual learning is essential for professional development but our brains are already constantly trying to process a mass of information. So how can we best prepare to take in new information effectively? MEMORY IS A COMPLEX AND MARVELLOUS system that underpins how you lear n, what you know about yourself and the world around you, and even how you move. ere are four keys types of memory: the short-ter m working memory, and the three longer-term types: episodic memory, semantic memory and procedural memory. Working memory Engaging the short-ter m, working memory helps us to process information as it comes. Working memory is an active system that is engaged while you are thinking and processing the information from the world around you. Without it, you couldn't keep in mind a number that you were about to dial, or the name of the person you have just met. Episodic memory Episodic memory is autobiographical; it provides us with a crucial record of our personal e xperiences. It is our episodic memory that allows us to remember the trip we took to Vegas, what we had for dinner last night, who told us that our friend Maryann was pregnant. It starts to decline in your early 40s. Semantic memory Accounting for our 'textbook lear ning' or general knowledge about the world, semantic memory enables us to say, without knowing e xactly when and where we learnt it, that a zebra is a striped animal, or that Paris is the major city in France. Procedural memory We draw on procedural memory for tasks we do automatically, such riding a bike, tying our shoes and washing dishes. It's our 'how to' knowledge. Build a better brain? With training, people have improved their mental agility after just two weeks. e following strategies, based on research at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, can help. 1. Stretch your thinking. Crossword puzzles have long been touted as mental strengtheners and, if crosswords aren't your thing, try Sudoku or other brainteaser puzzles, or sign up for a class in a subject new to you. In addition, the work of neuroscience has led to the design of a number of websites speci cally targeted at exercising the brain. Examples include MyBrainSolutions, Lumosity, PositScience. 2. Get moving. Exercise increases blood ow that helps nourish brain tissue. It also helps prevent or control other health conditions which can interfere with memory. In addition, exercise has a positive e ect on mood and stress management. 3. Eat right. Fish really does seem to be brain food, as do nuts and olive oil.
Project Manager Dec Jan 2013
Project Manager Apr May 2013