Location and its importance to memory

Why is location so important to memory?

Consider these things.
If you lose your keys... how is it that you instinctively try to recall where it might be? Typically you imagine the JOURNEY that you took after you walked in the door. What did you do first, after you walked in the door, then what, then what?

Try to remember the last conversation that you had when you were walking with a friend. Think about the various locations during that walk. Think about the topics that came up during that walk. Now think about what was talked about for the hour before or after that walk... what did you talk about?
Is your memory for the things spoken about during the walk not superior?

If you are still not convinced, ask a tennis player to describe the 4th game of the last set that he played, and compare that to asking a golfer about the 4th hole of the last game he played. He will remember the stroke he played, the iron he used, and many more minute details. It is not likely the tennis player will remember much about any particular point in that game.

How can we use location to improve memory?

The Journey Method of memorising material takes advantage of the improvement of memory if location is used as a trigger.

If you can, you should also take advantage of the Story Method in addition to make it unforgettable.


How does RecallPlus compliment this methodology?

RecallPlus can easily represent the series of links that you have during your journey and or story. You can add them sequentially without using the mouse, and they can then be tracked with systematic and therefore more efficient testing.

Suggestion:- if you spend the time making especially strong associations using techniques such as these, it is suggested that you increase the time until RecallPlus tests you for the first time on your notes.
Select menu item - 'Options' - 'Preferences' - 'Timing' - 'Minimum interval to test' - change this from 10 to 60 or even 240 minutes!