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Sharpen Your Memory:
Programme Six

Listen to Sharpen Your Memory

Wednesday 30 August 9.00am repeated 9.30pm

Dr Mark Porter

The last programme in the series is based around themes emerging from the survey and comments left on the website

Dr Mark Porter teams up with our resident memory expert, Professor Martin Conway from Leeds University and our website 'queen', Claudia Hammond, to reveal some of the initial findings from the first batch of survey results and to delve into the fascinating comments left on our website by our listeners both here and abroad.


Ann Kirby
My memory is of the queen coming to Stockton after the coronation, when I was about 4 or 5. My teacher took us to stand and wait for the royal car to drive past. We were all given our own union flag to wave & I can remember the red, white & blue bunting. Nowadays this memory is immediatley triggered whenever I see the colour combinations red, white & blue. The memory is mixed with a tinge of, what I can only call, childish excitement taking me back to those feelings that I experienced in my childhood.

Inge Matthews
I have very early memories - maybe because I was very premature (Wt.just about 2 lbs ? or less) navy blue and put aside as dead. I was also told I cried and then was in an incubator for several weeks. I have memories 'disconnected bits of pictures' from just a few mths old. Lots of under a year some verified. born 26/8/'27.' rare survivor' can amplify if you're interested?

sandra palmer
Many,many congratulations on this season of programmes. I have found the series so fascinaing that I have listened again and again to several, and am pleased to learn that you are returning to the theme in January. Mariella Fostrup is in particular to be congratulated on having just the right touch. I wonder though whether you have considered looking at education ; a) how teachers can use this increasing knowledge of memory in the classroom. and perhaps more importantly b) how teachers can promote good memory skills and habits with young children, preferably without reference to formal assessments such as SATs.

Sandra Palmer
My daughter Elizabeth was a relatively late talker. When she began to speak fluently at 2 years and 8 months she talked about incidents which I could locate to a trip to Sydney 8 months earlier. Most notably she recalled suddently her push chair beign put on something which went round and round - which I interpreted as the airport luggage carousal. I hadn't talked with her about this at all since.

Paul Cranfield
Delighted to find 'listen again' facility still available for progs from the memory season - most of which I missed because I was away or forgot (!)- (could this be due to time changes /jetlag/ lack of sleep as I continually travel for my job as air crew?)Huge chunks of my 22 year career have gone missing from my memory,and I am fascinated to learn how to get them back!At least the flashbulb effect worked when Diana died - we were flying over Russia and in disbelief initially accused the Captain of pulling a fast one, somewhat distastefully, to liven us up. May I plead that this series is retained on the website for a little longer to enable me to catch up and learn to download any available parts? Thanks for the series.



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