Use Motion to Make Things Stick in your Memory

The human brain easily absorbs information, when it is presented in a way that catches the attention: stories, names and faces.

This is why you can easily remember the whole plot to a movie in great detail, including character and place names but would struggle to remember anywhere near the same amount of infromation from a text book.

In creating stories out of pictures or images, motion helps a lot in connecting the unrelated objects.

Studies show that when there is motion among objects, it makes it a lot easier for the human brain to absorb details from the situation. This is the way our brains have naturally evolved to process infromation about our environment.

Let's see if you can memorize several objects at a time. Our objects will be: shoes, door, cake, fish, mountain and ceiling.

I picked these objects as theyare all completely irrelevant from one another. But by using the snapshot memorization technique, we can create a scenario which
makes it easier for us and our brain to absorb the information.

A pair of shoes woke up one day upon hearing a knock on the door. To Shoes' surprise, a big cake waits on the front door. Shoes takes the cake in and delighted by the surprise, decides to take a bite when all of a sudden, a humongous fish jumped out of the cake carrying another gift in hand. The fish gave Shoes its gift. The gift is a picture of a mountain Shoes always wanted to climb. Thrilled, fish and Shoes placed the frame on the ceiling and looked up at it with awe all day.

After reading the paragraph, an immediate recall is possible about what happened to the mentioned objects in the scenario. The reason is, moving objects have a context and are all linked ot each other. The imprint of this single moving image is far larger in your mind than the list of objects would otherwise be.

Try making another one and see for yourself how much you can remember.


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