False Memories

false memories

Our brain, a wondrous organ, is like a cosmic archive, capturing our musings and cataloging life events akin to a high-tech video camera. Though it may seem that things are stored as they happened and can be recalled linearly, the playback isn’t always flawless. While there are different forms of memory that allow for progress … Read more

Motivational Learning Theory

Imagine the small middle-class family of George and Mary, with their three extraordinary protagonists – Georgie, Missy, and Sheldon. The eldest, teenager Georgie, sells lower-price chocolates and candies beside the high school’s vendo machine. The young lady, Missy, learned baseball because of the blonde, blue-eyed Marcus, transforming middle school into her personal kingdom of friends … Read more

Dual-coding Theory

Take a look at this fascinating map; it’s a visual feast, displaying the scheduled locations of Taylor Swift’s Eras tour across the United States. You’ll spot a timeline of events and even the talented artists joining her on this musical journey. But imagine if all this information was crammed into long, wordy paragraphs. Would you … Read more

Working Memory

working memory

Picture this: You’re on a phone call with a friend, and they casually drop an address on you. No pen, no paper – just you and your memory in a race against time. You’re scrambling to remember those digits and street name and doing it with laser-like focus. It’s like a mental Olympic event where … Read more

Examples of Implicit Memory

examples of implicit memory

Our brain, a marvel of complexity in our nervous system, orchestrates every process that regulates our body. From our emotions and motor skills to vision and memory, this 3-pound wonder dictates it all. Nature of Implicit Memory However, before we delve into the intricate regions of our brain, such as the basal ganglia and cerebellum, … Read more

What is Associative Learning?

Have you ever heard of Pavlovian conditioning? What about the Skinner box? or Bandura’s bobo-doll?  Even if these terms are unfamiliar, you’ve likely experienced the joy of savoring a dish your grandmother used to prepare, the unease accompanying a dentist visit, or the melancholy that washes over you when Spotify plays “All Too Well.” In … Read more

The Forgetting Curve

Have you ever wondered why some memories stick with you while others slip away into oblivion? This is not down to chance, but a phenomenon called the forgetting curve. Why do we forget things? Like a computer, our brain can gain tons of information, but unfortunately, unlike a computer, our brain tends to forget. Forgetting … Read more

The Best Food to Eat While Studying

The best food to eat while studying

Did you know that the brain runs on glucose? Glucose is the simplest form of sugar, and the brain uses significant amounts of it every day. How much, do you ask? Up to 20% of your body’s total energy. It’s no surprise, then, that as you brain burns through glucose when concentrating, you may want … Read more

Retrieval Practice Explained

One of the biggest issues when it comes to revision and long-term retention of information is that of retrieval. This is a fundamental mechanism for active recall from memory. As you’ll have learned in our various Study Techniques posts, like the Feynmann Technique, the Leitner System, and the SQR3 study method, there’s a lot of … Read more

The Leitner System for Studying

Introduction to the Leitner System If you’ve landed on this page, chances are that you’re studying for something, are looking for ways to revise better, or have heard of this technique and are interested to learn more. Fortunately, we’re going to address all of these things in this article so that by the end of … Read more

Episodic vs Semantic Memory

Chances are, you’ve landed on this page because you’re interested to learn more about human memory, but all the different aspects of it are quite confusing! What is episodic memory? How is it different from semantic memory? Is it explicit or implicit? We’re going to explain it all in detail so that by the end of … Read more

How to Apply the Feynman Learning Technique

Feynman Learning technique involves teaching content to those with no knowledge of the subject

You might not know it, but it’s possible that you’re already using the Feynman learning technique. And this is because there has long been a saying that goes “the best way to learn is to teach”. In fact, this saying goes all the way back to the Roman philosopher Seneca and researchers and scientists call … Read more

What is the SQ3R method of reading and studing?

what is sq3r method

You may have heard of the SQ3R method for studying and reading better but are not quite sure how it works, whether it will benefit you, and how to execute it. So in this article, we’re going to explore its history, show you how to make the most of it using examples from this online … Read more

Method of Loci Explained

The method of loci uses familiar locations to help recall information

If you’re familiar with the fictional characters of consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, or Patrick Jane from The Mentalist (also a consulting detective), then you’ll be familiar with their use of the method of loci in order to make connections and solve crimes. In the real world, it’s a powerful memory-enhancing technique that’s used by memory … Read more

Eidetic Memory Test

If you’ve landed up here, chances are it’s because you’ve heard about eidetic memory and want to do an eidetic memory test to see if you have one! How great would it be if you could just take a snapshot of your textbook or presentation and just remember it? Imagine the hours of revision time … Read more