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Use Visualization and Imagination to Improve Your Memory

June 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 219

Most people rely mainly on verbal information when they want to remember something. Research, starting in the 1970s however has shown that we tend to remember images much better than words. Memory retention for concrete information in particular can be increased by visualizing information.

Why is it then that we still make very little use of imagery when we want to learn or memorize? Well, many people don't know how to do it. Modern education and cognitive psychology, until very recently, discouraged the use of imagination as something for kids and dreamers. Instead, we were trained to work with text and logic, and since the development of the printing press, information has been primarily conveyed with words. Also, before the invention of modern computers, creating illustrations and animations was expensive and time-consuming.

So despite its enormous power, until recently, the cards were stacked against imagery.

How can you visualize to improve your memory?

Our memory is associative, that is, to memorize new information, we have to somehow connect it to information we already have in our memory. You can create associations between pieces of information by making up a sentence: Let's say, your wife wants you to get a book from your friend Jim on green house gardening the next time you see him. To remember this information, you make a mental note by reciting "Ask Jim for the book on green houses". Of course, you could also write the information on a sheet of paper or record it in your Smartphone. If you are lucky, you are going to remember that you need to get the book when you meet Jim the next time. If you are not so lucky, you remember it just as you arrive back home, driving into your garage.

You can improve on this by creating a visual association between Jim and the book as a mental note: Imagine, you are running into Jim. But what is that in his face? He is chewing on a big book with some carrots sticking out. It looks like he is eating a kind of carrot-book burger. You greet him, but he can only mumble because he has a full mouth. Try to visualize this scene as vividly as you can.

The next time you run into Jim, his face will most likely remind you of the book and carrots in his mouth. Carrots - book burger? Oh, I need to ask him for the book on green houses.

You don't have to be an expert visualizer to make this work. Merely trying to create a visual association is already going to boost your memory. Just make sure the mental image you create contains all the items you want to remember, and that they somehow interact. Apart from being very effective, visualizing information is also great fun. And, over time, you are going to do it almost automatically. I highly recommend giving it a try.

Helmut teaches creative and critical thinking, memory improvement, and information literacy at college level and in workshops for companies and NGOs. On his website Remember Everything You Want, he aims to offer a one-stop resource to help you improve your memory, select the information that matters to you, and manage what you know, and what you better leave to your computer. For more techniques please read My Ten Memory Improvement Tips.

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