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Solo Estamos Mirando

I don’t speak Spanish, but on a recent trip to Mexico my wife and I tried to learn some basic words and phrases to get around.  When helpful shop owners would approach us I wanted to be able to let … Continue reading

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Mnemonics III – The Peg System

OK, so now that you’ve mastered the link system (see last post!) you’re ready for the next level of sophistication: the peg system.  Like the link system, this method allows you to memorize a list of items, but with the … Continue reading

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Mnemonics II – The Link System

Need to remember a list of items?  Maybe going to the grocery store?  The link system is a simple, fast way to chain together different things in a way that you can quickly commit them all to memory for full retrieval. … Continue reading

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Physical Reminders II: Hang 10 to Take it With You

Imagine that you need to remember to take your lunch bag with you, when you leave the house.  Put it on the edge of a counter or table such that a good portion of it hangs off the edge.  The more … 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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