memory proteins

How I memorise numbers

As a student in biochemistry I often end up having to memorise proteins that have names like Cdc65/Rab51/Sec61/eIF4E…

I’ve found a good technique to memorize them: I visualise the numbers as different colours!

1 is black, 2 is light blue, 3 is orange, 4 is light purple, 5 is red, 6 is yellow, 7 is dark green, 8 is and 9 is brown.

It’s probably better if you try to find which colour you personally associate each number with.

It really helps when you have to learn lots of different steps and all the proteins have weird names with numbers in them and none of them are in the right order. If you just remember “So first comes blue, then comes red” then you can work out for yourself that the first factor is *protein*2 then the second one is *protein*5.

For example, I can always remember Sec61 (an important translocator for transporting nascent proteins across the ER membrane) because I just have an image in my head of it as something yellow and black!

Visualising numbers as colours is something that people who experience synesthesia naturally do. I just “taught” myself how to do it aswell!

I hope this comes in handy for all you studyblrs :)

~ studyingbiochem

Memory Permanence May Be Mediated by Neural Rehearsal Following Learning

The permanence of memories has long thought to be mediated solely by the production of new proteins. However, new research from the University of Alberta has shown that the electrical activity of the brain may be a more primary factor in memory solidification.

The research will appear in Journal of Neuroscience.

Image: The stage when a brain is actively engaged in a new experience can be described as “online” activity. On the flip side of this neurological process, “offline” activity, or neural replay, is the process by which the brain rehearses what has been learned in order to strengthen the most important memories. The image is for illustrative purposes only. Image credit: NIH.