Wednesday, February 10, 2010

MEMORY TECHNIQUES

                    Memory Techniques for Holding Information In Brain

There are lots of memory techniques but all are not applicable always. In this post i am going to define some secrets on how to hold information in the brain.



 Perception
The mental pictures ( or percepts as psychologists call them) which we form of our surroundings have two main components:


(a) the material fed into the mind from the sense organs which constitutes the content of our percepts;
(b) the past experiences, interests, values, desires, etc., present in our minds which act as an interpreting device for our percepts.


For example, consider a dissection of a rabbit being viewed by a number of people. The material picked up by their eyes (i.e. (a) above) is more or less the same for all of them. How they interpret what they see will vary according to the differences suggested in (b) above.
(i) a small child might see it as dull and useless;
(ii) its mother might be revolted at the spectacle;
(iii) its father might be morbidly interested to get some idea of what a human being is like inside;
(iv) a student just starting biology might marved at what he sees but be overwhelmed by the wealth of information before him;
(v) an experienced student can be selective, see systems and recognize organs at a glance; to him organization is clear and important points stand out;
(vi) an expert or vet. can at once see variations from normal and can probably imagine their origin and effects.


From this is follows that each new experience we have is not interpreted only according to its own content but also according to our attitudes, interests and understanding of the material. In order to increase efficiency in study it is necessary to perceive clearly, accurately and slectively. Students should therefore get the following points clearly in mind.


(a) give themselves as many of the right sort of experiences as possible, i.e, read widely, practice techniques, discuss their subjects with other people. Remember that the more one knows of a subject, the clearer one;s perspective and the easier and more accurate one's selection;
(b) develop a scientific attitude in all they do. This consists basically of attacking problems in an analytical way, looking for evidence and demanding proof. It involves constantly making a conscious effort to overcome personal prejudice and to attempt to establish the truth by clear reasoning and, where possible, by experiment;
(c) adapt their values and interests to the demands of the disc discipline in which they are working.
These are some of the memory techniques for holding information to the brain. More tips will be available in another post.

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