To Improve Memory, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words … Sometimes More

Memory in Pictures - Pictures in Memory
A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words - The Gestalt of Information
The Gestalt of Information Often Creates A Picture

Not only can graphics help with your memory, they can make learning more fun. This is one of the big reasons that images are used so often in early childhood education. It is not simply because the child may not yet have learned to read, of course that could be part of it, but teachers are also aware that young students pay more attention when there are visual aids.

Think about presentations. Almost all presentations include some types of visual aid. The visuals are used to emphasize points or to somehow make the information come to life.

With all of the technology and tools we have available today, it is easy to create your own visual aids. You can use PowerPoint. You can use clip art. You can copy images from the internet, as long as they are for your own personal use.

Scientists are still learning about how memory is stored in the human brain. There is a lot we don’t know. But we do know that different parts of your brain are activated when you look at an image. It is believed that the images seen in our dreams are actually part of the memory storage process.

In other words, images/pictures are important to the brain. It is certainly possible to learn without images. A person who is blind can learn complex subjects without any visual aid. But for the sighted, visual aids simply make the learning process easier. It makes sense to take advantage of every sense that you have.

Hearing a random sound or smelling an odor can bring up memories from your past, sometimes suddenly. You can use sounds and even smells in your education, if you think those will work for you. Using every sense that you have will help to exercise and stimulate your brain.

Research has shown that older people who continue to play games, work puzzles and do other brain exercises have fewer problems with their memory. Older people often use photos to remind them of a past event. They can often recall many details that cannot be seen in the photo, the way it smelled, how the weather was, etc.

If you are a young person, you have lots of memories to store. But, don’t worry. As far as we know, the storage capacity of the human brain is practically limitless. Of course, not everything that you learn will be committed to your long-term memory. Our brains seem to pick and choose what is important. But, there is no doubt that using images can help you make a memory and that makes learning new things easier.

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