Anti aging guide

Elaboration and Organization Method for Memory Exercises



Elaboration as memory exercises

In order to help improve the encoding of memories you could try the following: amplify the subject, ask questions and talk around the particular theme.

For example, if you are invited to go to the theatre next Saturday evening, it may be difficult to just remember the day, time and place. To make your brain better able to digest the details, discuss it either with yourself or with somebody else. Find out details such as:

  • Who else is going
  • What the play is about
  • How you are going to get there and back, and so on

This will help you register the whole subject in more detail in your memory banks and you will be in a better position to remember the details when the time comes.

Organization method as memory exercises

This psychological trick is used for organizing memories into logical sequences. Here again mental images play a vital part. To help you remember certain details, try imagining yourself in the relevant situation and run the details through your mind.
For example, you are going to visit some friends and stay with them for the weekend. If you don’t want to forget anything important, think of everything in sequence as if you were actually going away now:

  • First, you need to know how to get there. Do you have their address, a map and a means of transport?
  • Then you arrive. Have you remembered to bring a little present — flowers or wine?
  • Then you sit and chat. Did you bring your holiday photographs or your daughter’s new painting to show them?.
  • Afterwards you change for dinner. Do you have suitable clothes, shoes, make-up?
  • If you are staying the night, did you pack your nightwear, slippers and toileteries?

Continue along the same lines until you mentally arrive back at your home. I have followed this method myself and I have never, not even once, gone up the road and then come back again because I had forgotten something. The only problem is that you need to really think very hard and consider all possibilities and all events, in sequence.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm