6 Fantastic Facts You Didn’t Know About Memory

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5. Crazy Memory Trick
Canadian scientists conducted a study involving 48 people, half of which were in their 20’s, and the other half – in their 80’s. The volunteers were given a list of words they had to memorize using either writing down the words and their attributes, or they could just draw what they heard. After that all participants were supposed to recollect as many words as they could. Here’s the fun part: people who visualized and drew their words remembered most of them. As a noob artist myself I can definitely tell you that you won’t easily forget what you’ve visualized in your head and then put on paper. So if you want to remember something – just doodle it!


6. Math Can Traumatize Your Mind
Saved the juiciest for dessert. Every student ever knows this feeling of anxiety and helplessness when they’re told to solve an equation but all they can think of is “NOT MATH”. That’s called “math trauma” and it’s a real is a thing. Dealing with numbers is no small feat, especially in a socially pressing environment such as a classroom filled with your friends and enemies. You really don’t want to be called an idiot for not finding that “x”, do you? Turns out all that pressure leads to fear which is what makes you suck at calculus. Basically, fear blocks your memory to save you from a saber-tooth tiger hiding in your cave. Bad example but you understand what I’m saying. It’s the fight-or-flight only the “fight” option is currently unavailable. So next time you don’t know how to use a formula, just go ahead and ask your teacher. 9/10 times they will help you figure it out!

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