If you want to improve your memory the science is clear you need to be organised and you need to master mental imagery .
Ebbinghaus forgetting curve predicts without interventions we forget fast
70% of detailed information is lost inside 24hrs .
With the right techniques you can reduce reps but never eliminate them entirely
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In a peer reviewed research published by the journal of experimental psychology on the subject of human learning and memory RS Nickerson presented 600 pictures every second to his subjects .
Two images were then presented side by side , one from the earlier test pool of images and one fresh image . Tested immediately afterwards the recognition rate was a staggering 98% . Nickerson then expanded the experiment to 10000 images making sure the images were vivid [ mnemonic] the success rate expanded to 9996 correct answers . Lionel Standings concluded
‘ Our memory recognition capacity for pictures is almost limitless
The main experimental findings were:
(1) memory capacity, as a function of the amount of material presented, follows a general power law ;
(2) pictorial material obeys this power law and shows an overall superiority to verbal material. The capacity of recognition memory for pictures is almost limitless, when measured under appropriate conditions;
(3) when the recognition task is made harder by using more alternatives, memory capacity stays constant and the superiority of pictures is maintained;
(4) picture memory also exceeds verbal memory in terms of verbal recall; comparable recognition/recall ratios are obtained for pictures, words and nonsense syllables;
(5) verbal memory shows a higher retrieval speed than picture memory, as inferred from reaction-time measures.