Anti aging guide

Memory Exercise Using Mental Imagery



How one could actually improve the memory by using the mental imagery method

Chunking can be used on its own or it can be supplemented by another memory exercise known as ‘mental imagery’. The brain remembers images much better than written words. So, if you could relate the items on your list to mental images, you will be able to remember them much more efficiently. You can either just remember the image of the item in your brain or you can try the following example.

Say you have pineapple, bananas and apples on your list. A way to remember these is to mentally go through your house and put each of the above items in a conspicuous place. You open your door from the outside and walk in. On the doormat somebody has left an apple. You enter the sitting room. Where you usually keep the fruit, there is an enormous pile of pineapples. You then go upstairs and almost slip on a banana left by somebody on the staircase.

If you wish, you can try remembering more items using this method. You can, for example, imagine the house of your friend or somebody very familiar to you and fill it in with other items from your shopping list. Try it a few times and, as you get more confident, add more items on your mental list to see how many you can remember. However, some people will not like this method because it involves substantial mental effort for this memory exercise.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 19, 2012 at 8:44 am