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Repetition is key

That you are ‘always trying’ is the key. Repetition is paramount when it comes to building memories, and the subconscious is always working on trying and helping – even when it doesn’t feel like it.

When we can resist frustration, we can instead focus on giving direct commands to the brain about the things we want ‘it’ to do. Getting upset adds to the problems. Learning to trust that the brain is hurt, and yet, is still trying to help us while it is repairing, is vital to how well we manage disruption to memory.

Repetition is critical when it comes to re-learning anything, including tasks. For example, if you are trying to learn how to make a cup of tea doing this only once a day may mean that it can take months or even years to re-master the skill.

However, if you focus on each task and repeat it over and over again for several days, this will help to build the myelin sheath around the new pathway making it stronger. What we need is to strengthen these paths so often that we form new habits so that we are once again able to carry out tasks automatically.

It is worth spending the time focusing on problematic tasks because the more we ‘re-store’ as a habit, the more thinking ‘space’ there is in the brain to be able to focus on other things, such as communication.

Keeping focused on a task also improves our ability to improve attention and concentration.

Every memory remains stored at some level – the problem people have is how to access the storage units when so many parts of the map are damaged. It is possible that neurological damage only inhibits access to memories, rather than erasing them, and this also fits with the testimony of longer-term survivors and more recent research.

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