This Memory Trick Will Stop You From Forgetting

Memory Trick

Is there one memory trick that can stop your brain from forgetting important information?

Memory Trick

Whether you’re a genius or not, chances are you experience memory deterioration due to aging. Forgetting though is not only evident among adult but also among adolescents.

In fact, one of the problems of students is the difficulty in retaining information from their class discussions. So is it possible to develop a photographic memory?

Fortunately, some scientists asked the same question. How can a human brain remember or hold information for a long period of time?

The list of several studies on behavioral science suggests that the brain can hold concrete memory (a long-term memory) through association. This process involves associating things (in your house) with something that you need to remember.

For instance, if you want to memorize names of important people in history, you need to assign those names on different household materials such as electric fan, table, chairs, etc.

The brain can remember things better when you add pictures. This technique is what mental athletes are using to boost their memorization ability.

However, a new memory trick was discovered. Researchers had found that assigning an action instead of pictures helps the mind to hold and form concrete memory.

For instance, imagining the delicious dish you cook on Saturdays can help you remember the dishwashing liquid that you are about to buy in the mall.

This natural memory trick is called “unitization” which many researchers believe it could be helpful in treating dementia.

In fact, a research conducted by the scientist at the Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto found that assigning an action to task allowed participants to forget less. This memory trick works better than other available methods.

One of the researchers, Dr. Jennifer Ryan said:

“Previous research has shown that imagining two objects fusing into one will help people work around these memory deficits, but our work demonstrated that understanding the relationship between the two items is also important.”

 However, the researcher does not believe that there’s a single memory trick that can fix a person’s memory. “We are trying to understand what’s important to unitization and what people need to learn in order to benefit. There is no single strategy that will fix your memory, but one method may be more suitable than another.”
Although unitization is effective, still there’s no guarantee that it works for all. As a person who deeply knows the nature of your mind, it is your job what method you should use.
One technique that I personally recommend to my students is writing important information on their notes. This process helps the brain to restore the information more efficiently than highlighting. Why? Because highlighting your notes does not involve a cognitive process.
It is our job to explore what method makes us effective and efficient when it comes to developing concrete memory.
How about you? What is your memory trick? Leave a comment below.

I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.

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