The brain and memory
Memory is improved through repetition. If we repeat things, especially over a long period of time, we are much more likely to remember them using our long-term memory.
A strong stimulus - including colour, light, smell or sound - also helps us to remember things.
For example, which of these are you more likely to remember?
Incident 1: The sound of a car, braking suddenly, to avoid a cat crossing the road.
Incident 2: Your mother asking you to pick up a loaf of bread on your way home.
You are more likely to remember Incident 1, as the stimulus is stronger.
We are more likely to remember information if we can either see or make a pattern out of it.
Look at this list of words:
They are much easier to remember if we impose a pattern on them:
A dog looked through a window and saw a yellow car drive quickly down the road. The dog barked and knocked a lamp off the table, which broke into pieces on the wool carpet.
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