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Researchers say a popular memory trick is working

Researchers say a popular memory trick is working

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– Sherlock Holmes fans are likely familiar with something called “the location method,” he notes Living Sciences. It is a device used by the famous investigator to remember things, and it is also called “palace of memory” or “palace of the mind”. Now a new study is on Science Advances Researchers from the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany have found that the method is actually effective – at least months long. Under this method, people visualize a place or path they know well and then drop bits of information along it to be retrieved later as they follow their steps. Here’s how Express Medical He explains: “Someone might dedicate a bottle of milk to the front step, for example, a bag of seeds for a rose garden right next to the road on the way to the sidewalk, and a bag of a certain type of nuts, next to a tree in the yard, if they wanted to save their own grocery list Their “.

For part of the study, the researchers trained the participants in the positioning method or some other method, or gave them no training at all. After 20 minutes, those in the “loci” group remembered about 62 words from a list, compared to 41 and 36 words in the other groups. After four months, the corresponding results were 50, 30, and 27. An interesting part of the results: Brain scans showed that people who use the positioning method – including people who are experts in technology considered “memory mathematicians” – have less brain activity in the regions. Usually associated with memory during experiments. The researchers believe this technology makes their brains work more efficiently, or, as Medical Xpress says, “It was easier for them to memorize the list.” (Possessing a superhuman memory Not necessarily a good thing.)

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