Do Riddles Help Us Grow Mentally And Intellectually
Learning to create visual images that represent the information you want to recall later will help jump-start your memory abilities. One memory technique I recommend, the story method, is useful for remembering lists of items and errands when you’re on the go. By creating a story that links your unrelated words, your visualizations and associations will automatically boost your recall.
Look at the eight words again and this time spend a minute creating a story that links them all together. Perhaps you visualize a clown with orange hair riding a horse, or a doctor smoking a pipe and playing guitar. Use your first associations and link the images in any order you like. Now write the words again and see how much better your memory has become already.
This method leverages the human brain’s natural ability to notice and recall visual cues, a skill that has evolved over millions of years. Combining visualization with associations will make your memories more meaningful and thus more memorable. The strategy is useful for the most common age-related memory complaint of forgetting names and faces.
Mental stimulation from games, puzzles, reading, and conversations is associated with better memory, so I encourage people to keep their minds active.