How to boost long-term memory?
Student or not, you need to store as many information in your head as you can. The daily activities demand it.
But how one can develop a memory that lasts for a long time?
Sure, there are things even in your childhood that you still remember today.
However, the majority of your experiences seemed to have vanished. Although the things that we experienced were not totally erased (as some theories suggest), they are barely accessible by our awareness.
Theoretically, there two types of memory; the short-term and the long-term.
Obviously, the short-term memory temporarily holds pieces of information. It may include the names of people you meet at the bus stop, ordinary things that happen every day, and the information you get from the book you read.
The long-term memory, on the other hand, holds information for a long period of time. In most cases, this type of memory is what we need.
But how one can develop a memory that lasts for a long period of time?
The researchers found that reading out loud can help retain the information in your head.
This principle is not new. In fact, psychologists and experts called this the “production effect”.
The principle suggests that we can remember more when we read out loud than reading silently.
The co-author of the study, Colin M. Macleod concluded:
“This study confirms that learning and memory benefit from active involvement. When we add an active measure or a production element to a word, that word becomes more distinct in long-term memory, and hence more memorable.”
The finding can be helpful to most of us especially students.
The next time that you read a book or something that you want to remember, try to say it out loud.
Unfortunately, you can’t do it in a library. So you better find a place where you won’t disturb others.
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.