Hook: “I’ve always been fascinated by the operation of memory – the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence.” – Penelope Lively
What does this mean?
Memory is all over the place. You remember random things and you forget different things. What does ambivalence mean? It means mixed feelings, and memory is full of feelings, whether from the feelings you had in the memory or the feelings you had in recalling the memory.
Today I will teach you about how the brain works in connection with memory and how to improve memory with three different techniques you can apply.
How Memory Works
Watch “How does your memory work? | Head Squeeze” by BBC Earth Lab
From 0:42 to 1:42
Video goes on to say that exercise and healthy diet can help improve your memory
According to Mayo Clinic, the frontal, occipital, temporal lobe, hippocampus, etc. all a part in memory, storing, retrieving and more.
Show slide on neurons. Emphasize how connection between neurons needs to be strengthened by recalling memories often otherwise you will lose them.
How to Improve Memory
Show the slide on the memory palace technique.
Talk about Sherlock on BBC, and how Sherlock Holmes uses the memory palace to remember things
Explain how you cut yourself off from the world and imagine a palace, house, a street whatever works for you. Then you visualize yourself walking through it and putting down objects you want to remember. Say that this technique has been around since Ancient Greece (Smithsonian Magazine).
Show slide on the making a story technique.
Talk about how you can make a nonsensical or plot driven story.
Explain 30-45 second activity where they will make a story out of random objects
Show picture of random objects, wait, and then ask a student to share their story.
Talk about the 15 minute rule and how you need to study something, take a break, and then come back to it within 15 minutes. That reinforces the idea of bringing memories back to the forefront of your mind to strengthen them. Reference that my Anatomy and Physiology teacher from high school taught me this and that I have used it multiple times to study for tests.
Conclusion: Today we have been fascinated by the operation of memory, how the brain creates memories, how you can improve memory, and three different techniques you can use: the memory palace, making a story, and the 15 minute rule. Say I hope it can help people with their studies and that they may be able to use it in the future.
“How does your memory work? | Head Squeeze.” YouTube, uploaded by BBC Earth Lab,
20 February 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUoJc0NPajQ.
Sherlock, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, performance by Benedict Cumberbatch,
Hartswood Films and PBS.
“Slide show: How your brain works.” Mayo Clinic,
Zielinski, Sarah. “The Secrets of Sherlock’s Mind Palace.”
Smithsonian Magazine, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secrets-sherlocks-mind-palace-180949567/.