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Train Your Brain to Remember Anything You Learn With This Simple, 20-Minute Habit

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Not too long ago, a colleague and I were lamenting the process of growing older and the inevitable increasing difficulty of remembering things we want to remember. That becomes particularly annoying when you attend a conference or a learning seminar and find yourself forgetting the entire session just days later.

But then my colleague told me about the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, a 100-year-old formula developed by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus, who pioneered the experimental study of memory. The psychologist’s work has resurfaced and has been making its way around college campuses as a tool to help students remember lecture material. For example, the University of Waterloo explains the curve and how to use it on the Campus Wellness website. I teach at Indiana University and a student mentioned it to me in class as a study aid he uses. Intrigued, I tried it out too–more on that in a moment.

The Forgetting Curve describes how we retain or lose information that we take in, using a one-hour lecture as the basis of the model. The curve is at its highest point (the most information retained) right after the one-hour lecture. One day after the lecture, if you’ve done nothing with the material, you’ll have lost between 50 and 80 percent of it from your memory.

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  1. Change Therapy
    Apr 01, 2022 @ 00:22:10

    Fascinating. So many of the current psychologists could learn a thing or too from the past masters, me included!

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    • Mohenjo
      Apr 01, 2022 @ 14:30:03

      Thanks for the comment. I’ve tried other memory techniques, such as remembering a 15-word list someone says to me with ten-second pauses between each word and then reciting them back in any order. it works well but, only lasts a couple of days.

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