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Friday, June 13, 2014

Memory Aids

Memory Aids[1]

·   Write it down.   The act of writing itself helps the process of memory as well as serving as a reminder if it is written on your calendar or posted in a prominent place ( like your laptop).

·  Create a visual image. This helps process the memory into another are of the memory banks.

·  Associate it with something you already know; connect the memory with another one, such as another similar name or word or image

·  Memorize small chunks at a time.  Think of a phone number as three chunks (area code, the exchange, and the individual number), not one long number

·  Be consistent about where you put things. Designate one or two places that you put down your glasses or key or wallet or hearing  aid.  Do not put your wallet away until you have put your credit card into it.

·  Look for visual cues.  To remember where you parked, look for specific landmarks, or write down the number of the space

·  Set a timer to remind you to take care of something, like turn of the burner or wake up from a nap.

I find these quite helpful

[1] By Oversem, Thomas Nicolaj, Larsen Lars; Solem, Per Erik Nordic Psychology, Vol 61 (3) Nov 2009 4-22.

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