Use the power of Visual Memory for better learning.


Ultimately the 'Memory Wizards' of the world seem to commonly use multiple senses when they remember things. To be more specific, when they are learning something you will commonly find that they imagine/visualise a whole scene in which the things they are trying to associate reside. They commonly not only see the items interacting in their imagination, but they will also hear and feel it.

BUT if you are going to learn to be a 'Memory Wizard' and you wanted first to concentrate on one sense that is most likely to help you remember it, you would choose visual methods.

Most of the brain is geared towards interpreting and reacting and indeed remembering visual stimuli. It therefore comes as little surprise that experimentally visual memory is the strongest sense memory in most of the population.

If you show to average recruits 2500 photographs over 7 hours and then over the next 3 days tell them to choose from 2 photographs (that are similar) which one they had seen before.. they will get about 90% correct!!! (Haber 1970).
The same work with 300 photos and an immediate test gained a 98% correct rate of selection!

Using visual memory clearly gives a big head start on learning material.

This is part of the reason why visually stimulating representations of material, such as Flow Diagrams, Concept Maps and Mind Maps are more likely to be recalled than sets of notes without that added visual dimension.

This is also why in RecallPlus we encourage you to take 10 seconds to scribble something VERY ROUGHLY to remind yourself of an image that you are going to conjure up in your head each time you wish to recall some particularly difficult list or set of associations.
NB ACTUALLY SEEING SOMETHING IS JUST AS GOOD AS VISUALISING IT VIVIDLY. USE YOUR IMAGINATION

References

Beery K.E (1968) "Auditory Vs Visual Learning of Words". Perceptual and Motor Skills, 26: p862.
Haber R. (1970) Scientific American May Edition.

 

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