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The History and Art of Mnemonics

A mnemonic is a specific reconstruction of target content intended to tie new information more closely to the learner's existing knowledge base and, therefore, facilitate retrieval. There are a variety of mnemonic techniques, including keywords, pegwords, acronyms, loci methods, spelling mnemonics, phonetic mnemonics, number-sound mnemonics, and Japanese "Yodai" methods.

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Divided Attention: What It Is and How to Improve It

Divided attention is a higher-level skill where you have to perform two (or more) tasks at the same time, and attention is required for the performance of both (or all) the tasks. Examples include driving a car while carrying on a conversation with a passenger, or eating dinner while watching the news.

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Three Key Aspects of Attention and Concentration

Lack of attention is often linked to poor memory. Parents may think their child has an attention problem, but the root cause is often a memory problem. Working memory is the cognitive system responsible for the temporary storage and manipulation of information...

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Long-Term Memory: What It Is and Tips to Improve It

Long-term memory is the relatively permanent memory storage system that holds information indefinitely. In it we store last year’s Currie Cup score, the image of an elephant, and how to ride a bicycle. We also appear to be storing information that we can’t consciously retrieve, but which still affects our behavior.

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Why and How We Forget

Can you remember the name of your first grade teacher? Certainly the information was stored at one time ― the teacher was a central figure in your life for nearly a year. If you can’t recall the name, is it still somewhere in your long-term memory?

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Memory Fundamental to Reading, Spelling and Learning

Although the word memory may conjure up an image of a singular, "all-or-none" process, it is clear that there are actually many kinds of memory: sensory register, short-term memory, long-term memory, visual memory, auditory memory, and sequential memory, to name but a few.

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Cognitive Skills Determine Learning Ability

Research has shown that cognitive skills are a determining factor of an individual's learning ability. Cognitive skills are mental skills that are used in the process of acquiring knowledge; according to Oxfordlearning.com the skills that "separate the good learners from the so-so learners."

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Concentration Can Be Taught To Kids

Improving concentration in children can be achieved not only by using clinically proven natural medicines, but also by exposing them to training in the fundamental cognitive skills that underlie the learning process.

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Memory Is Not a Gift. Memory Is a Skill

Advertisers tout supplements. Organic growers push blueberries. But, because memory is a skill and not a gift, for true memory improvement you must train your brain.

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Our Memory for Sounds Worse than our Memory for Visual or Tactile Things

Remember that sound bite you heard on the radio this morning? The grocery items your spouse asked you to pick up? Chances are, you won't. Researchers have found that when it comes to memory, we don't remember things we hear nearly as well as things we see or touch.

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Study: Edublox Improves Visual Memory by 1.3 Years in 22.5 Hours

The mean Visual Memory Skills Test POST score across both groups was significantly higher than the mean Visual Memory Skills Test PRE score. The mean score across both groups improved from 6.2 years to 7.5 years (i.e. 1.3 years after 22.5 hours of training).

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Logical Thinking: A Learned Mental Process

You have four blocks in front of you, a black one, a red one, a white one and a green one. You must remove two of them. You may not take away the red, the black and the white blocks simultaneously. You may not take away the white, the green and the red ones simultaneously. Which two blocks may be removed? To answer this puzzle you will need to think logically.

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