Everybody at one time or another wishes they had a better memory. There are some techniques and memory exercises to help improve the way people memorize lists, but some things are just more memorable than others. Some research is starting to delve into why we remember some things but not others, and here are just a few interesting links that you might want to write down.
- An analysis of IMDB’s memorable movie quotes could help figure out what makes well-written dialogue so catchy. Not surprisingly, the most popular catchphrases have unusual combinations of words and often express some pearls of wisdom. “Do. Or Do not. There is no try.” [url]
- USA Memory Champ Ron White shows off how he memorizes the order of a deck of shuffled playing cards — creating a unique sentence for each card that helps him remember how every card relates to its neighbors. He uses a spatial memory technique called method of loci, but it probably doesn’t work for everyone (especially people who get lost a lot). [url]
- Children remember more than adults think they do, but nobody remembers their second birthday party. A study on the memories of Disney World revealed that 3 year old kids remembered a lot about the happiest place on Earth (even 18 months after visiting). [url]
- To discover more interesting articles on the human mind, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.