WHAT DO I DO?
Here's a memory-improving trick to try. When you click on the "GO" button below, you'll see another set of 20 pictures for 2 minutes. While you are looking at the pictures, make up a story that has all those things in it. If you were looking at the last set of pictures, you might make up a story about a man named Mr. Apple who wanted to gather a basket of bananas so he could make a banana cake. He stood on a chair and used a broom to knock bananas out of a tree. The chair tipped and he fell right into a cactus. Ouch! He got out the Band-Aids and . . .
You get the idea. It's OK if the story is silly. Picture the story happening as you make it up.
Now try it.
Try to remember all the pictures by telling yourself the story. You don't have to write down the storyjust write down the things that it helps you remember.
How did you do?
WHAT'S GOING ON?
You probably remembered more things when you told a story about them. When you tell yourself a story, you are doing a couple of things.
First, you are connecting the different pictures so that when you remember one, you remember the others, too.
Second, you are making a mental picture that includes all these different things. Making a mental picture helps you remember something later.
You may have discovered that making up a story didn't help you remember all the objectsbut you may find that it helps you remember some of the objects for a lot longer. When you make a mental picture, you use your long-term memory, and that picture may stick with you.