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How Does One Get a Memory Like an Elephant

Memory or lack there of is a constant conversation in our home for obvious reasons.  We have tried several things. One of the funniest things we tried are Mnemonic Reminders. One method we tried was Name Mnemonics. In a Name Mnemonic, the 1st letter of each word in a list of items is how you remember the whole list. We could memorize the 1st letters with a bit of effort, and never once did we get the whole list correct. We are going to give it try with just 5 items later today. (We have to do something that feels mentally productive – it’s been a rough week.)

I do better if I put something to music and my family says to stop that because apparently I am often off key. I get the item right and I guess the tune is atrocious! If I am going to use this method I must sing very quietly. 

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  1. I think finding links between info is a good strategy, one thing lets you access to more information, it’s like a web, so I guess the trick you shared makes sense and may be effective.
    Music is another good one! 😂 Echoic memory seems stronger than the visual one, I don’t know why, it might be that hearing is the first sense we experience (while in the womb) and the last (while dying), so it is more developed. But again, just guessing.

  2. I find that a key word helps me remember people’s names. For example, the name Hayden. Not a typical name for sure. I remember “Hey!”; and that helps my husband remember the name. I now know it; but he always forgets it; so “Hey!” helps him out.

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