Here's A Scientifically Proven Trick For Remembering Anything
We're here to make your life a little easier.
If you have to remember something today -- a birthday, a name, a shopping list -- then take it from us, draw something to remind you of it and you'll be able to.
Honest, it works.
A study from the University of Waterloo in Canada has found that drawing was the best method to retain new information. In fact, it was more effective than writing and rewriting notes, visualisation exercises and passively looking at images.
And as a bonus, you don't even have to be very good at drawing to make it work. Which is lucky if you're us.
“Drawing pictures is such a simple task, and it can easily be implemented in everyday life to improve memory,” Melissa Meade, a doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at Waterloo said. “For example, drawing a picture of some groceries you need to pick up later or the meal you are planning to make will result in that information being remembered much better later on than if it were written.”
Ooh cupcakes. Yes, I must buy some. Let's put that on the list:
And why is that?
Meade said she thinks it's because it uses many different ways of representing the information at once -- visual, spatial, verbal, semantic and motoric. And that it works well for people who are ageing -- as we get older, the ability to retain new information slips because of the deterioration of critical brain structures -- but drawing calls upon areas of the brain involved in visual perceptual processing which stay generally healthier as we get older.
“With this study, we found that drawing enhanced memory in older adults more than a technique that involved thinking about the meaning of the words,” Meade told Huffpost. “That’s the strategy often recommended to aid memory in older people.”
Genius indeed. Now, we're off to draw some Manolo Blahniks we want to pick up before dinner.
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