Storing Memories

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There are many ways of doing this and some will suit you better than others.   There is no doubt however that the first two listed - Association and Visualisation - are the most important for the majority of people.  They may seem difficult and slightly ridiculous at first, but you will find they work and of course, no-one knows you are using them unless you let them into the secret.  People just notice your much improved memory.

gifele.gif (3048 bytes)  Methods of Storing Memories

  1. Association of Ideas
    The trick with this method is to link together in your mind something which you already know and remember well with the new information you want to remember.
    For example:  I want to remember that the beautiful flowers in my border are called Agapanthus, but whenever I try to tell someone what they are, the information is not there ready in my mind.
    So, I divide up the word to be remembered into two parts and come up with an Aga cooker and a panther.  As the flowers are blue my picture to remember is a blue Aga and a blue panther.  I make a mental picture in my mind of my flowerbed with a huge Aga cooker placed where the flowers are, and on top of the cooker sits a handsome panther.
    As this is such a ridiculous and unlikely picture it is not difficult to remember, and I think about the scene many times over several days. 
    The next time someone says, "What are those lovely flowers?", the picture I have memorised flashes unbidden into my mind and I can immediately say, "Agapanthus lilies."

    Until you try the method for yourself you will imagine that this all takes ages and that you really haven't time to fill your mind with such a lot of useless clutter.
    However, psychologists agree that unlike a computer, the human memory has no limits as regards what it can easily store, and you will find if you give this method a trial that it really works, and it is actually quite fun to think up the associations.

    The next method is really an extension of the first, and if used in conjunction with associations,  enhances your chance of remembering the material.

  2. Visualisation - remember in pictures
    Pictures are much easier to store than abstract facts.
    Some people say that they cannot visualise, but this seems to be very rare.  If asked, most people agree that they SEE in their mind's eye the time the chip pan caught fire, or when their child was the star in the school play.
  3. Exaggeration and Humour
    If you exaggerate certain features of your visualised picture and in addition, make it so that it appeals to your sense of humour and makes you laugh, then you are even more likely to remember it easily. 
    We remember things which are out of the ordinary in some way, so exaggeration (as in a cartoon) is a real help to memory.
    Maybe you could bring your favourite cartoon character into the picture as well.

    I have discovered that it is of some use when you lie in bed at night and gaze into the darkness to repeat in your mind the things you have been studying.  Not only does it help the understanding, but also the memory.
    Leonardo da Vinci

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    These are the most important methods of  Storing Memories
    Other methods are on the next page
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