Using alternative methods of memory optimisation may support an enhanced ability to sense, integrate, and apply new concepts.


If you always do, what you've always done, you'll always get, what you've always got. Repetition, as a means to solidify new information in our memory, has been shown to be effective. It is commonly used in the military to perfect instinctive training outcomes. However, the volume, depth and breadth of the information inherent in Air Force's highly technical, network-centric capabilities requires every Airman to have or develop the cognitive ability to learn, digest and apply more abstract and dynamic concepts - and as part of a joint fighting force. It's akin to taking your thinking from two dimensional to four dimensional. The ability of Airman to continually integrate and importantly, retain, large volumes of related information will become the lifeblood of our organisation. In the April 2019 edition of Current Biology, neurology researchers used learning and memory experiments to discover that during rest periods, the recipients' brain activity patterns indicated memory optimisation was at work. The method they suggest is effective to optimise learning resilience is taking short breaks, early and often. Get your team to test it out.