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June 13, 2020 17 min | How does Serotonin Improve Memory and What does it do in the brain?

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If you’re asking yourself “What is Serotonin and what does it do in the Brain when it comes to improving memory?” let me go ahead and help you with that and also teach you how easy it is to memorize the term.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter known as a happy chemical. It has been known to make individuals feel happy and there may be a correlation between a lack of serotonin in our brain and depression. It is still being studied as to whether someone's depression causes the low levels of serotonin or if having a smaller amount of serotonin in the brain contributes to someone being depressed.

Today, I will be sharing with you the leading scientific discoveries as to how serotonin levels affect long term memory. You will also learn how there is a direct link with low levels of serotonin and individuals with dementia.

Let’s get started with a mnemonic story.

How to Memorize what Serotonin is

I want you to imagine that you’re sad, depressed, and moping around all day in your home because you can’t go outside and play with your friends. All of a sudden, you see a hand reach out to you with a huge bowl of cereal. You look up as you wipe away your tears and see Tony the Tiger standing with his hand out holding the bowl of Frosted Flakes and he has a huge smile on his face. You immediately grab the bowl of cereal and give Tony a huge hug for making you feel happy.

In order to help you quickly memorize and learn what serotonin is and what it does to you, you have to turn the medical term meaning and definition into a mnemonic story. You want to add as many senses as you can and make the image come to life.

In the story above, we used a few associations to help us remember what the neurotransmitter, serotonin is. Did you catch them?

Here they are:

Serotonin = Cereal + Tony (we used Tony the Tiger and Frosted Flakes Cereal.

In order to help us remember that portion of the medical association, we visualized Tony having a big smile and making you happy as you give him a huge hug.

You can add more visual triggers if you wanted to but in essence, you have your main characters and objects there to play with.

I like to tell my students to imagine themselves as a director to a huge cinematic motion picture and that they have an infinite budget to make the stories as wild, vivid, and dynamic as they want. Add as many characters, action sequences, emotional triggers, add whatever you feel is necessary to bring this story to life and help you memorize quickly, what you want to remember.

Now for more scientific research-backed information about Serotonin

Medical Definition for Serotonin

The neuropharmacology scientific medical term for serotonin is 5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT, which is a monoamine neurotransmitter found in the central nervous system (CNS)

Memory Mnemonic for Hydroxytryptamine is:

Hydroxy = Hydrant (fire) sneezing

Tryptamine = Trap (mouse) + Diamond

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