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The processes by which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved.

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Does learning a language improve memory and concentration skills?

When using the language learning app Duo Lingo messages often popup when the lessons are loading. One of those messages that pop up is the claim Learning a language improves memory and ...
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Have people trained themselves to have better memory by using the "military method"?

When I look up photographic memory techniques, I see a lot about a "military method". I think it's best captured here: This method will take you at least 1 month to develop. You must also ...
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Does a "desirable difficulty" in reading font affect memory retention?

Sans Forgetica is a font designed using the principles of cognitive psychology to help you to better remember your study notes. Sans Forgetica is more difficult to read than most typefaces – and that'...
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Does Ginkgo Biloba "promote memory"?

Most Ginkgo Biloba supplements are sold with the following claims: Studied and Shown to promote memory and provide healthy circulation to the body's extremities. (src) Helps support your memory ...
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Does memory and learning decline with age?

I'm just wondering if memory and learning really declines with age. I look at President Obama for example, and he is 55 and he appears just as sharp as people in their 20s. And then my dad is 74 and ...
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Does converting handedness lead to memory disorders?

Linkshaender Beratung (a.k.a. Lefthander Consulting) warns that trying to convert someone from being left-handed to right-handed (or vice versa) leads to a number of direct and indirect harms. The ...
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Can Stephen Wiltshire draw an accurate and detailed picture of a city based on single, brief helicopter ride?

Wikipedia writes about Stephen Wiltshire: Wiltshire can look at a subject once and then draw an accurate and detailed picture of it. He frequently draws entire cities from memory, based on single, ...
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Can audio played during REM sleep improve recall?

I was reading about sleep-learning - for example of the type depicted in The Simpsons episode, Bart's Friend Falls in Love: Homer orders a subliminal cassette tape to help him lose weight, but is ...
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Is Daniel Tammet a savant? [closed]

I was reading about the so called 'savant' Daniel Tammet after I saw the TV show Brain Man. After I read the book "Moonwalking with Einstein" by Joshua Foer I read that Daniel Tammet's real name was ...
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Has anyone ever memorized the entire bible?

I remember hearing an old legend growing up that Noah Webster (author of the American Dictionary) memorized the entire bible. The claims seem dubious and difficult to prove. Has anyone ever memorized ...
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Does technology exist that can read memories from human brains?

According to this Buzzfeed article (#11): Scientists are making videos out of human memories with some suspicion GIFs that purport to show the result. Other sites make similar claims. Buzzfeed ...
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Does sniffing rosemary improve memory?

A "meme" now circulating on Facebook claims that Scientists Find Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase memory by 75% The credited web site, www.herbs-info.com has this article on the topic, which ...
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Do vitamins improve memory abilities?

Some people claim that taking vitamin can improve your memory. For example, Memory Improvement Tips: Everyone has heard there are vitamins and supplements that can improve your memory and other brain ...
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Has hypnotism been used to enhance memory?

Has hypnotism been used to enhance memory? For example if I go to my friend's house, I may forget it's details like how many steps does there have or what color was it's door! This is my conscious ...
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Is active recall testing more effective than passive study?

A claim made by Anki is that: Research has shown that active recall testing is far more effective at building strong memories than passive study. Definitions (from Anki): Active recall testing: ...
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Do humans have virtually limitless memory capacity?

I have been brought up believing that humans have virtually unlimited memory storage (long-term memory capacity) at least to the extent that we won't have to bother ourselves with that in our lifetime....
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In the case of memory loss due to a blunt force impact, can memory later be restored by means of another blunt force impact?

In the case of memory loss due to a blunt force impact, can memory later be restored by means of another blunt force impact? Seems fairly common on TV. I did find some anecdotal evidence of this: ...
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Tying a finger to help memory recall

I was playing Zynga's Draw Something when I saw an interesting icon: A quick search of "tying fingers" produces results such as: Big Site of Amazing Facts This is a carry-over from olden days ...
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Can jet lag give you permanent memory and learning problems?

A recent article on Cracked.com, 5 Things You Won't Believe Are Making You Dumber, claims "jet lag gives you permanent memory and learning problems" and cited several studies. But when you look at the ...
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Do eye movements reveal "how" a person is thinking?

According to NLP adherents: The NLP Eye movements indicate how a person is thinking - whether they are imagining a future or past event, internally re-hearing a sound or making up a sound, talking ...
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Has hypnopaedia been proven to work? To what extent?

The idea of learning during sleep, say by listening to a recorded class, can be tempting to make a good use of roughly a third of the day. Has it ever worked though? If so what is the most efficient ...
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Can a person forget their own name?

I've seen it many times in movies; people not only forget something that happened, but they forget who they are entirely- including their name. A much-used plot device, retrograde amnesia occurs ...
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Is it possible to achieve significant improvement in memory using "The Memory Palace" method?

I have heard many people talking about the "The Memory Palace" method (Method of loci), and how powerful it is. Is it possible to achieve significant improvement in memory using "The Memory Palace" ...
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Can a dog remember 1400 names of toys?

In the video PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, at approximately 06:12, the woman says that there is/was a dog that was trained to have memorized 1400 names of toys. Its master would ...
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Does Ginkgo Biloba improve your memory?

I have heard that Ginkgo Biloba improves your memory, is this true? If it is true, what kind of memory does it improve? Long term or short term? Auditory, Visual or Spacial memory? Does it effect ...
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Was the experiment with five monkeys, a ladder, a banana and a water spray conducted?

I've found the following picture online. It is about the moral/paradigm behind consistent behavior. Click to enlarge. The image text says A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage and ...
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Can We Replace Effect of Pen and Paper using Tablets or Typing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does handwriting assist memory retention more effectively than typing? Often I read about the tips to remember better is by writing them down. I don't have this habit as I can'...
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On multiple choice tests, is your first answer usually correct?

Most of us have heard from one teacher or another that your first guess on a multiple choice questions is usually correct. The implication being that we shouldn't double guess our instincts when ...
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Does handwriting assist memory retention more effectively than typing?

I have both heard and experienced (perhaps as a placebo effect) that writing things out by hand allows the text to be better remembered than typing it. This particularly applies to taking notes ...
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Can flatworms learn a maze by digesting other flatworms?

I recently watched the film Phantoms. A scientist in the movie claimed that flatworms were able to "consume" memories from other flatworms. The specific example was that of learning the solution to a ...
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Do elephants never forget?

There is a ubiquitous belief that "elephants never forget". I know we aren't suggesting that elephants have unlimited memory, but have there ever been any scientific studies/case studies that suggest ...
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Can people forget how to ride a bike?

I doubt that people never forget to ride a bicycle. If my grandfather, who hasn't ridden a bicycle in over 30 years, were to hop on one and start riding, I would be immensely surprised. Are there any ...
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Does "photographic memory" exist?

I've been told that because I can remember shapes and objects well, and describe them in detail, I have a "photographic memory". However, I looked it up (briefly), and it seems scientific consensus is ...
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