Memory

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We tend to think of a lot of different cognitive inefficiencies as memory problems. However a primary memory problem is difficulty in registering and/or remembering information. This section will concentrate on remembering words (verbal information). This information can be heard or read. We use our memory for verbal information vey extensively every day. For example, when we meet someone we will usually refer to the last conversation we had with them (which we have stored in verbal memory). When we switch on a TV soap, we remember what happened to the characters in the previous episode (which we have stored in verbal memory) to follow the plot in the new episode we are watching. When we talk about what we have seen in the papers, we are accessing the information we have read which is stored in verbal memory. After a visit to the doctor, we rely on our verbal memory to have stored what was said and make the information available to us when we need it in the future. Cues and prompts, which can include notes taken at the time, are often helpful. Using pictures in your head can also be helpful and a more sophisticated approach is to use imagery and visualisation.


Video: Tips and Tricks

Dawn, Jeffrey, Val and Robyn share some of the practical strategies that they find helpful including: lists and how to use them: notebooks; palm pilots and sticky notes.

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