Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Chunking Trick

"Play along with these few memory tests to find out how good your memory is and how you can improve it. BRAIN GAMES AIRS MONDAYS at 9P." A clip from National Geographic showing a few brain games.

This video gives a name why it is easier to remember a telephone number than a long string of numbers. As for me? It sure is easier to remember a phone number when I'm familiar with the area code. I'm pretty good at remembering a phone number if it is in nearby area code! I'm not so great at remembering an area code that I can't place. Long ago I had a call center job, so I have many of our country's area codes in my long term memory. Over time I got into this habit of thinking in terms of ... Vegas 123-4567, or DC 123-4567.