Monthly Archives: March 2015

8 Glasses of Water a Day?

You know you’re supposed to drink 8 glasses a day, but how can you remember? Put 8 rubber bands on a glass you keep visible (e.g., your desk at work, the kitchen sink at home).  When you have finished the … Continue reading

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Got Something on the Tip of Your Tongue? Make a fist!

Disclaimer: this is based on a very tentative study, but I thought was intriguing and harmless enough to try for yourself.  The idea is that the “Tip of the Tongue” phenomenon, where you can almost but not quite remember a word … Continue reading

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Mnemonics I – Basic Visualized Associations

You’ve probably heard the term mnemonics, which refers generally to methods for enhancing learning or memory.  It comes from the Greek mnēmōn meaning mindful.  Familiar examples include acronyms such as the BRAT diet for upset stomach, or OFNR (which looks … Continue reading

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Physical Reminders I

I’ve alluded to these in two previous posts, and the car keys are an example.  The most obvious physical reminder is a note, like a sticky with something written on it.  I like physical reminders because they’re concrete, and often … Continue reading

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Forgetting Through Doorways

It was empirically demonstrated several years ago that walking through a doorway induces forgetting.  It even happens if you go through a virtual doorway on a computer screen!  Here’s one of the best accounts of the research that I’ve seen:  Walking … Continue reading

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Primer on iPhone Alarms and Reminders

Know the strengths and weaknesses of your iPhone memory aids. Continue reading

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Did I Shampoo or Not?

Ever forget whether you just shampooed in the shower while you were distracted by pondering the meaning of life?  Here’s a simple solution:  rub your hair.  If it squeaks, it’s clean!  For short hair rubbing seems to work best.  If … Continue reading

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