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Imagery

See it, feel it, remember it

One type of mnemonic - or memory aid - relies on imagery rather than words.

A classic way of remembering a person's name is to try and imagine it (or something associated to it) on the person's face. This is easy if you meet John Bridge: just imagine a bridge on his face. For less obvious examples, you'll have to get more creative. Psychologists have found that the more bizarre and vivid the image the better it works.

YOUR OPINION

Try bizarre imagery - does it work for you?

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Imagery

How useful is this tip?

  1. Useful
    (56.7%)
  2. Not very useful
    (43.3%)

Total votes: 104

This is not a representative poll and the figures do not purport to represent public opinion as a whole on this issue

YOUR COMMENT

prem
I am impressed by this. Really this works.

Emily
I use imagery all the time, I am a visual spatial learner and find that using imagery not just in day to day life but more importantly for school work is the only method that really works for me. Instead of writing boring linear notes I tend to spruce up my chemistry book with mindmaps and huge colourful pictures or diagrams that I can easily recall during an exam. Imagery is almost invaluable, I still remember the name of a rock formation the "arc" (which is formed by the erosion of soft rock ) being a huge purple semicircle on lined paper, which I drew three years ago. When gathering information aurally (which I'm horrible at) I'll usually form vivid pictures within my mind that I can later refer to. Names I find no problem to learn although I have to meet the person for their name to bear any significance. But more often than not I remember someone's face before I do their names.

mary
When i am lying in bed at night and mulling over the day and thinking about the next one i will organise the things i have to do into alphabet tasks such as b's bath (the dog) biscuits for granny Betty (write her a card)

Gerald
I am hopeless at remembering names except if it is simple like Tony or Sue, beauiful like Stephany or Caroline or is the same as a celeb.

fran
I need to do something as I can never remember faces and names. History dates easy but names - that tricky

Amanda
It seems too much like hard work, similar to the visualisation technique. If I need to remember to do something in the future but forget what it was when the time comes, I visualise myself in the same place as when I first thought about it. This also works if I put something down and forget where I have put it, I visualise what I last did with it.

Penny
Whenever I meet someone I determine their name. I then repeat their name during my interactions within the conversation. This really concretes it for me! Example: Hi, my names Penny, and you are? Sue. Nice to meet you Sue, etc. etc.

Janet
Usefull If you can remember to do it at the time of being introduced, I find the best way is to use the name of the person imediately and refer to it as often as possible.

Buttons
Unfortunately has been of little benefit to me

Terry
I've found the best way to remember peoples names is to actually SAY them out loud as a kind of confirmation after you've been told. Seems to stick better that way.

hrc
i will try it.it perhaps will do.

Deepak
It is helpfull suggestion...use imagination and stick that label to person/thing..good one

l;ynn Henry
Yes this works very well, but you have to make sure it is somethig specific otherwise you could end up like remembering a name such as Ian Lilt (I imagined a can of the drink) but later when tried to remember it I call him Ian Drinkwater.

Shaz
Yes it works for me to remember medical syndromes I remember them by associating them to people I know. Like Prader Willi Syndrome in which there is faulty gene on Chromosome 15, patients are obese and have learning disabilities.I think of one of my uncles who is slightly overweight and has 1 son and 5 daughters.

George
I'm dreadful at remembering people's names. I'm told it's because I'm not interested enough in the, but that's not true. I'll give this a go but it is surely difficult with names to which you can relate nothing, ie Aderike Adebambo!

lydia
i find sometimes this method works but often it dosent

Barbara
I teach infants, and can remember the names of a whole new class (perhaps 24 names) by playtime on the first morning. I then refer to my colleagues that have worked with me for a number of years,for example "If you need the toilet, Mrs .......will help you" and I have the greatest trouble summoning that well-known name to the tip of my tongue. It is as if it is lurking deliberately just out of reach. I have attempted imagery to help me, but find I can name the image rather than the linked person. Will now try again, though.

may
I used to do this to remember musical terms, but now all I remember is the metaphor. What did "Domestos Ad" actually stand for?!

Ruth
This is useful but be careful, if the image is too bizarre or amusing you'll only remember that and wont be able to stop thinking about a bridge on john's face when you're talking to him!

M.C.
I don't think this is very helpful for instance my name is Clover and I have had people call me Mrs Flower or Mrs Grass.

Hilary
Not so useful for remembering people. I find I'm trying so hard to fit an image to them I'm not listening to what they're saying. One I would always remember is John Bridge - my husband's christian names!

Edith
None of the tips work for me, but if someone really interests me, I have no difficulty with name or face.I suppose I am not interested in very many people. I can, however, remember names and faces of all the boys and girls(in alphabetical order) who were in the 4th form at school with me in 1938.

Sue D.
never been able to engage with this kind of memory aid

Tracy
I am totally useless at remembering peoples names and it has proved very embarrassing at times. So, I will give this technique a go and keep my fingers crossed that it works for me.

Iain
Can't say I am familiar with this one but will give it a try. Intuitively, I don't find this an easy concept. Maybe it's just the process of thinking up an image that makes the name stick.

Claire
Yes, I use bizarre imagery in many types of memory task, from learning new words in a foreign language to remembering, in sequence, the names of the Great Lakes. For the latter, the mnemonic is "silly metal hens eat oil" (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario). To remember that the German word for 'cheese' is Der Kase and masculine, I visualise a case shaped piece of cheddar with a handsome man's head and face,(you can have fun here....) swinging down the middle of the road, dressed flamboyantly in top hat and tails, and swinging a rolled up umbrella, a sort-of cartoon character. It really works.

Harry Haward
Imagery is a very powerful form of memory. I often use it if I have a simple list of to do's and certaintly life is made a lot easier when you try and link something bizare for instance if I went shopping and needed to buy a newspaper and some bacon I might imagine a big pig flicking his way through a copy of the Times - Maybe the paper is called the daily bacon. The key point is to make something as daft as possible and use a bit of emphasis in the words. Notice I said Big pig - this helps me to visualise things more clearly - when you have that image in your mind you can then add more items such as biscuits maybe the pig would eat these as he's reading the newspaper.

Claire
Yes, I use bizarre imagery in many types of memory task, from learning new words in a foreign language to remembering, in sequence, the names of the Great Lakes. For the latter, the mnemonic is "silly metal hens eat oil" (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario). To remember that the German word for 'cheese' is Der Kase and masculine, I visualise a case shaped piece of cheddar with a handsome man's head and face,(you can have fun here....) swinging down the middle of the road, dressed flamboyantly in top hat and tails, and swinging a rolled up umbrella, a sort-of cartoon character. It really works.

rick
the easyest way i have or remembering new peoples names is to link them, to someone you already know with the same name. for example, i went to uni with someone called sarah whos a good friend that i dont forget the name of when i meet someone with the name sarah, i link the 2 people togeather in my mind

June
Never tried this but don't think I am imaginative enough to get it to work.

Lisa
I use this to work through my mind tasks I need to do or to remember where I need to go. I imagine I am actually doing the tasks. I also use it for interviews but I still get nervous even though I have imagined it in my mind a million times.

caroline
I can't get my head around this idea - having said that I don't have problems remembering names unless of course it's someone I need to forget

aileen
I've never tried imagery in connexion with faces. I have to remember foreign names as I'm a language teacher, and I help myself by associating them to famous people. Frédérique is F. Chopin, Igor is Stravinsky, Ludwig is Beethoven...etc.

Heather
Despite how ever hard i try concentrating on this technique, I cannot ever get it to work. It usually just ends up to be more difficult as it is more things to remember. Also, it may be awkard thinking of people with things on their faces, it just seems a tad strange.

Bernice
started using this when I found that I kept forgetting peoples names - works well for me.

Phil
I have trouble visualising things, especially faces, so I would get on better remembering the name by a word association. The problem might then be that I see the face and can't link this to the word association.

BEN
I find it hard to remember peoples names and faces , what can i do to help me remember?

Pat
This can backfire.My grandfather was one of a large Victorian family and had extremely strict parents.His father had an important contact coming to the house one day and announced to his children that they were to be lined up and introduced but that they MUST NOT LOOK AT MR MACKAY's NOSE!Apparently it was huge and very red.It all went well until it was my grandfather's turn to be introduced and instead of saying 'Good afternoon Mr Mackay' he said 'Good afternoon Mr Nose'.He said he was horrified when he heard himself say this but that there was no malice intended - it was merely a Freudian slip.He recounted that he was belted hard later by his father and sent to his room as punishment.He never forgot the injustice of it all and understood well the force of imagery!Sometimes it can work against you.

bogwell
no ..this doesnt work. I forget what it was i am trying to remember about the object or story, so the name or face doesnt get remembered either

Carl
I find it hard to find the time in real life of thinking something up to remind me of something.

Denis
I use this myself and its very good A very thin man called jake I'm seeing him as a rake(jake the rake)

Nicci
Think of the place you met the person and try and relate it with a colour or a number or a building. More simple, just learn the names of the people you like!

Becky
to hep u remeber names and faces u hav to like relate their names to their looks ly sum1 with blonde hair called Mirandocall her Golden Miranda

Dane
I think this is quite useful again and i will take this on board and try it out!

dc
Trouble is, I forget the person's name as soon as they give it to me so I don't have chance to think of an image.

Dawn
This is a really useful method that I often use...I think people have voted it as less useful because they've not given it a try. Minds shrink due to too much reality - this effects the imagination and inclination to try something that is completely new!

Cenydd
My Maths teacher once told me that he had a great way of remembering trigonometric functions, but only if there was a redhead in the room. He never told me how and I spent long hours comming up with possible ways it might apply. 17 years on I still havent worked out what it might be, but I still remember the functions!!!!

Monica
Being a teacher I am pretty good at remembering names at school and can recognise students when in uniform and looking identical altogether. However when I meet the student 'out of context'and in their own clothes I often cannot put a name to the face and struggle. I put it down to the fact that the students only have to learn a certain number of teachers'names but as teachers we have to learn literally thousands!

Annie
In company I'm hopeless at names when I meet new people but I think (hope) I might not be expected to remember so I get lazy. I'm really good at learning foreign vocabulary though by thinking up weird associations eg a gooseberry in French as a 'cross eyed mackerel' " un groseille a maquereau" I don't think of the fish I just think it sounds funny so I remember it.

Shantelle
I find it useful to have your own nickname for every1 relating to a favourite saying they say or if they,ve got a big spot for example. Or even easier just call every1 honey or darling!

Tex Crump
This is very useful and I used it a lot when doing my BA

Tex Crump
This is very useful and I used it a lot when doing my BA

Mandy Winter
I'm good with names and faces but if I wasn't I wouldn't use this tip. Must be a better one.

Sue
I find this one a difficult one and also one that makes me feel bad, everyone seems to remember my name and although I can usually remember how I know them or where I know them from and even hold a full conversation with them I don't usually remember their name which makes me feel rude.

Clare
Definitely works for me. I can remember mentally calling someone Yana 5 sugars because she took 5 sugars in her tea and that one stuck like glue.

donna
I have used this and it worked brilliantly when there was a list to remember, but i could only recall it in a set order - wasn't any good for large more complex information, or remembering names

anon
I was told to try & use the persons name 3 times in converstation after having been introduced & you're more likely to remember it.

Louise
both images and patterns help me a lot, especially if it make sense to me logically.

Janet
Twins Anthony and Christopher. The only way I could remember them was that Anthony had a short name and long hair and Christopher had a long name and short hair. (until Anthony went to the hairdresser!)

Malcolm
Miss Hastings was important to my career but I met her infrequently. To remember her name I pictured her with an arrow in her eye (Harold at the Battle of Hastings). Next time we met, I advanced upon her confidently, hand outstretched: "Miss Harold! How nice to see you again!"

Conivarjus
Funny things work as great mnemonics. I use comic and cartoon sketches as cues computer passwords.

james
Try to say the person name 3 times in the initial conversation, try it it really works

Richard
This definately works for me... Especially with numbers or memorizing certain words... With numbers I visualize a phone pad, and I start imagining that I'm punching in a set of numbers, and as I'm doing so, I visualize a line as my fingers press each pad, and the lines form a shape and the shapes form a pattern for me... LAter, I can convert the pattern back into shapes, into lines, and into numbers.. 2-3 tries and I can memorize things I never thought I could... For example when I wanted to phone a friend in another country where he got a new cell phone I had to memorize (080893777723148442389*16472081108*) Took me around 5 times to memorize it completely. Even now, as I was writting those numbers down, I had to visualize a phone! Crazy but it WORKS!

Feargus
Most people claim to remember faces, but unable to recall names. Is it any wonder therefore that they find difficulty in recalling names. What has worked for me at functions etc is to use the persons name repeatedly, until I capture it. People being people like the to hear their name spoken andit assists in placing the namw in the memory bank.

Rick
I remembered an awful persons name simply by thinking of a knife sticking in his head , his name .. Mr Stanley ! , never forgotten it

Gordon
In Edinburgh there is an area known as Hermiston Gate and could I remember it BUT put a "hermit on a gate" and hey presto!! Now what was the name of that place again? :-)

Dian
Have found this method very useful, but not fool proof. Once called Mr Oakford Mr Ashford - forgot the tree! It's also useful if you have time to think of associations but harder when at a party being introduced to a group.

Peter Nash
I have found that imagery works best of all, the funier the better

Rachel
Wasn't aware that I was using this one. I often remember peoples names by picturing the person.

Kate D
I will try this as I have a problem remembering faces as well as names. Hopefully this will help.

John Dunford
The degree of retention of a fact or an event is proportional to its emotional impact, which is why people remembered where they were when Kennedy was assassinated. If you can relate 'cold' facts to something which is of emotional importance to yourself, you're much more likely to remember and retain them.

Claire
I don't use this technique with names (I should since I'm horrible with names...), but I do find it much easier to remember to do a task and to do all the steps in the task if I have visualized myself doing the task at an earlier time. I also sometime visualize the way things will look when am done and that also helps me remember all the steps (for example, before organizing a room, I might visualize where all the things in it should go).

valderie
This really doesnt work for me. if introduced to someone, I then have a mild silent panic trying to think of a suitable association, and fail as the pressure to converse and think at the same timethrows me off, and then I realise I havnt the foggiest what their name is because I was distracted trying to think of this other stuff. its worse if there is more than one person being introduced to me. Im otherwise intelligent (honest!) but you might not think it from the above (I doubt myself as a result). I do find it a bit embarrasing professionally and a bit of a hindrance.

katypuk
Not sure if this fits, but I remember long numbers (like phone number or bank card numbers etc) by pictring how I have to dial them. I might not be able to quote you it without thinking for a sec - but give me a keypad and I have no issues.

Lorna
When i was studying law and had to learn hundreds of case names by heart i used imagery. 10 years later at 48 i can still remember dozens. I remembered Parker v South East Railways by imagining Lady Penelope (of Thunderbirds fame) saying "No Parker, we'll take the train to Folkestone"

sara
Like Anne Nock, I also experience synaethesia. For as long as I can remember, I have sensed letters and numbers in colour and it is only as an adult that I have realised how easy this made memorising information, spelling, arithmetic and so on. The colour association happens automatically - I have no control over it. By contrast, I have experimented from time to time with other methods of memorising information, such as word association, but have found that nothing else seems to work for me.

Diana
AS I have grown older I have found it increasingly difficult to remember names (probably because I concentrate less) however cues which attach to a visual image have become very effective for me

mark
I find this very difficult - if i try to give someone's face a picture, then I have to try to remnember what picture I associate with the face! I met someone recently who remembered names by deliberately conversing with a stranger by including their name when speaking to the stranger in their first meeting: eg: "did you have a good journey, Mark?"

Peggy
I believe this may work, but I forget to try it : am still dreadful with names, but don't have the motivation to change.

Mysturji
I first heard of this technique about 30 years ago and the example given was If you want to remember that you left your glasses on top of the TV, imagine the TV antenna sticking through the broken lens in your glasses. I have only recently started wearing glasses, and I have never left them on top of the TV, so I'd have to say that this technique is useless because it is far too effective! I can remember where some guy I met once 30 years ago left his glasses, but I can't find my keys.

marjorie W
Panic stations That is the worst way of remembering anything Take a deep breath and stay calm this happens when speaking to strangers. Usually names come automatically with people I know when I want to make a god impression I have to use various techniques

Freda
I have used this method and find it very useful and pass the tip on to others

Vicky
I used this technique once in 1993 to remember the name of an actress in a film (the name of which escapes me). Sally Field. Sally who lived opposite me in my halls of residence sat in a large Field of buttercups. It really works!

Alec
I can recognise faces, but can never picture them "in my minds eye" - even my mum's. But I'm terrible at names so intend to try everyone's tips on here!

Douglas
I dont think i'll ever remember this technique when i need to remember someone's name, i meet a lot of people in my job and life and i always say - look i'm gonna forget it, but il'l ask you again in a minute, its not rude, its the truth, and its an ice-breaker. I agree with some comments above like some guy sayin that he remembersnumbers that reference in his head, i have the same thing with the codes that i use.Done you love havin a brain.

pram
This is the most embarrasing thing - - I'm introduced to someone, and two seconds later I've forgotten their name. Even people I've known for years - I seem to get a blackout when it comes to remembering their names. So, I doubt if this will work - - but I'll try anything!!

Reef
This is probably what used to be called remember by association. A few years ago my wife and I would practice to remember a long list of items by associating each item with an image. It worked and I think it's a powerful way to remember but you can't do it all the time.

Gareth Hardacre
Will this depend upon the character? Some people are very visual and can recall images where others tend to find they remember sounds from conversation. It would help to know which are your strong senses and which are your weak senses.

sally
try to get to know something about the person as quickly as possible and it is then easy to remember their name

Sandra
Ummm, I think I'm too logical and not creative enough for this one!

James
I have heard of this but never really tried it. Sounds like an excellent idea.

lesaneye
Don' know never used it. It would be obviously east for a John Bridge, but for the 'not obvious?' I have rarely succeeded on this tack.

Melle
Great and a fun way of remembering things it depend s on what is your particular stimulus or trigger . If you are auditory or visually organised

Melle
Great and a fun way of remembering things it depend s on what is your particular stimulus or trigger . If you are auditory or visually organised

Lance
I am horrible with names. But I met a girl once 15 years ago at a party and she said "Hi my name is Jana, like banana." Her's is one of the few names I have never forgotten because whenever I see her I think Jana Banana. Try thinking of a similar rhyme/association internally when someone introduces themselves.

Maria
At the age of ten I was taught this method and I can still remember some of the images I used the first time I did it. I am now fifty. It must work, then...but I prefer just to write things down. It's easier.

sleep-over queen
i can alwas remeb names

Maky
It really works in some ways It has been discovered by scientists that human remember images much more easily than words. So associating a word with an image is quite a good idea for us who are trying to remember mass of words.

Jenny
I am meeting landlords and tenants nearly every day and it is vital to remember names. I am very visual so this is the best approach for me. I always repeat someone's name back to them, then visualise them in their setting - i.e. house/flat

Jeffers
Memory aids like 'hooks',neumonics etc. are a time consuming nuisance for me; I find it much easier to get on with the task of, I call it "straight" memorisation of the material chunk by chunk linked by its physical position on the printed page.Aunt Sally Takes Coffee is the only maths neumonic I recall being trigonmetrically All Sine Tangent Cosine. the American:"Spring FORWARD Fall BACK" works well for me when changing Summer times on clocks.Though there is an hiatus whilst I match Fall & Autumn. I have yet to find any useful technique for recalling names of those people who so easily stand in front of me saying, "Hello Jeff" with such apparent ease that one is intimidated and quite unable to say, "Please forgive me I cannot recall your name!" or other get out phrase.

shanaz ahmed
this is a useful tip for remembering names but I often can not place them

Mimi
As a teacher of French in a secondary school, I try to create associations of various kinds to stimulate later vocabulary recall; research that I have come across suggests different learner types and preferences need catering for (eg. VAK visual/auditory/kinaesthetic, or Belbin's Multiple Intelligences idea). So I get students (better when young as they are less self-conscious!) to repeat a word/phrase out loud whilst making an action, then we look for links with English or already known French, or we may use a song or rhythm (for a sequence of words), AND we use the primary school spelling tip of Write/Look/Cover/Check/Repeat. Often it is what I have come to call Physical Memory (actually moving, like doing a swimming stroke action with every 'beat' of La-Na-ta-tion to remember 'swimming') which will help learners recall most quickly. In combination with rehearsing and applying knowledge to oneself, this combination approach seems to work the best. Textbooks try to use the same little picture for a concept, thus further embedding an association.

Jim
Retired now but during my last 25years at work I would meet about 60 new senior staff every two years and remembered almost all by this method.

kim
i do this and have a reputation for coming up with really wierd links betweent things and making up storys around everything but this really helps me to remember stuff (whilst confusing everyone else in the classroom)

Margaret
Never tried it. I'm not very imaginatetive so it wouldn't come easily

hipmummie
I have tried this and it's hit and miss. I think it depends on how important it is to remember the person or thing. selfish I know but...

Ljn
Good for remembering speeches - Ill met by moonlight proud Titania...

Mervyn
If I associate an existing memory with a new one through some bizarre means I tend to remember it

Gill
I find that I can remember names of children I taught many years ago. My problem is that when I'm introduced to someone I try to make it register but panic because I can't recall it even after a few second - this is so embarrassing. I'll certainly give this method a go.

Anne Nock
I have synaesthesia and see letters in colour. Very useful for remembering words and names as I think, for example, "It starts with an M -I know because it is blue!" Unintelligible to anyone who is not a synaesthete.

Angela
I have used this method and found it works sometimes.

Jane
This is one method I just can't get to work. However the method I do apply which I think is simmilar is an word association. As an example the name De Leeuw Van Weenen - I think baby, toilet training and feeding, which then reminds me of the spelling. I don't picture it I associate it.

Val
I picked up a tip for remembering first names. You put an adjective with the name, so you might say Vivacious Victoria because Victoria is a very lively person, or Serious Stan and so on. The only problem is that I don't often remember surnames, but at least you always sound friendly!

Sandy
I went to a mask workshop once and we spent time in a circle saying our names and making a gesture - so I would say 'Sandy' and throw my arms in the air - sounds daft but I really remembered everyone's name by thinking of their gesture. I wonder if an imaginery gesture associated to new people would work?

david
Helpful at medical school not as helpful now

Darren Riley
Fascinating. I work for the Prescription Pricing Division of the NHS, a job in which I have to memorise about a hundred codes (at least) for prescription drugs. This is a method I use quite often. I can't tell you the codes of the drugs but one of them involves a 727 inside Wembley Stadium as Geoff Hurst gets his hat-trick. Another code reminds me of an Airfix model airplane kit. I don't know why, the numbers aren't relevant, but I always remember it. You should start up a training program with us!

Liam
Not sure. Sometimes I just like to sit at look at stuff, or where I think stuff might have been.

Muriel Price
I tried - successfully - many years ago using this technique to remember pupils' names. I have just tried it again with names of the flowers, vegetables and places that I always forget -it has been successful so far. Thanks!

Deanna Pini Waldenberg
I liked this, however Bridge is a simple name and easy to picture. There are other names far more complicated though. If I linked a name to sexual pleasure I am sure I would blurt out the sexual pleasure instead of the name-far more pleasurable don't you think!

anon
This is extremely useful, but only if the thing you're trying to remember has an obvious connection to an image.

Ann
I find this technique extremely useful; as long as I have the "hook" or cue, I always remember people's names and have been known to remember names, even foreign ones, after an absence of twenty years. I am studying Russian and the only way I can remember words is by association: BRAT is brother, so my brother is a brat, or PRICHOSHKA is hairstyle, so that's what you need to have done at pre-Oscar time!

Jan
Remembering names is what I find hardest - I think that it could be because I'm concentrating too hard on saying my own name clearly and I forget to listen properly. I lived in the US for many years, and it always embarrassed me, because they all seem to be BRILLIANT at remembering names - even if years go by between meetings. I've asked how they do it, and the visual association is most frequently mentioned. They also repeat the name, so if I say "My name is Jan", they will reply "Hello, Jan, pleased to meet you." I've adopted this technique, and find it helps a bit , with Christian names anyway.

Glenn
I am useless when comes to remembering names especially when I join up 3 strangers for a four ball at golf - I tend to use name association, but it can lead into trouble when a chap called Ross, I remembered by thinking of Diana Ross. it worked for the first 9 holes until on the 10th I called him Diana! I was never invited to play agian...can't think why

Jane
I often use this technique, not just for remembering names but for example remebering a post code. For GL20 8TX. I imagined someone with 20-20 vision eating a text message...Mad I know!! But it works for me.

Jane
I have a terrible memory for faces, I can remember their dog, their horse, meet them three weeks later on the street and not be able to remember that they had had dinner at my house!!!

Peter
This is a great way to recall people's names. Though it does take effort to really concentrate and make up some kind of imagery. I expect practice makes perfect here. However, some people are not very good with imagery, they just lack the ability and certaily using this technique would not be for them.

val kwaan
Haven't tried this with people but it works for me & post codes. I used to have friends who lived in BA10 0PF and 0PQ which became "Old Person Foolish" and "Old Person Queer"- I never, ever forgot!

Trevor
Works, I find, for a limited number of examples, so its important to have a range of memory enhancing techniques.

brookschespeake
uugghh!!!! A.D.D is what i call insanity persanified ha! that & being 51 & i suppose i could work my ole noodle abit more ;)

Joan
No, Maureen, you won't remember. I'm on good terms with my neighbour, speak to her frequently, but after twelve years still can't remember her name.

maureen
Do what I do.. call everyone honey or sweetheart - no embarassment then and eventually you will remember who they are!

Andy
What if you can't remember pictures?

Rami
If you have trouble remembering names, then try the rehearsal method. Click on the 'Rehearse it' link on the right hand-side of the page.

Mina
When I meet people I give them nicknames (always funny or ridiculous ones)by myself. As I meet them next time I always remember them with their special nicknames but can't stop laughing alone sometimes.That's the reason why people call me a weirdo.I guess.

Emily
The only problem is then you say to a mutual friend 'oh Mary, yeah the lemon one' and get very funny looks!

Rami (website team)
If you have trouble remembering faces, you might like to tune into programme 1 of the series 'Me and My Memory' which features Claire who suffers from a condition called prosopagnosia - the inability to recognise faces. You can find out which techniques she uses to help her overcome the worst aspects of this deficit. Click on the Programmes link on the left hand side of this page and look for Me and My Memory, which begins on 26 July.

sarah
A friend gave me the advice of adding words such as saucy susan or dirty derek to help you remember people's names.

Michelle
What if I can't remember faces either?

michael
try thinking of a sexual pleasure and link it to that important memory.

Umiya
I find it hard to remember names what can i do to help me?

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