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Abstract

This science fair project was performed to find out if memory retention can be improved by linking facts with a story. It is intended to show that students can improve their memory retention by applying some simple techniques.

Hypothesis

Linking a story to an item which needs to be memorized, helps to improve memory retention.

Scientific Terms

Memory, photographic memory, diet

Background

Memory improvement methods

Memory is the process of recalling information that has been earlier acquired by learning or through experience. Not everybody has a photographic memory (where people are able to immediately remember whatever they have seen or read). However, memory can be improved through practice, using some memory techniques, a proper diet and having enough sleep.

Numbers can be easily remembered by associating them with some figures that we are already familiar with. Examples are dates of birth or telephones numbers that we are already familiar with. These can be associated witha new number that we want to remember.

Similarly, certain things or items to be remembered can be converted into a story. The more hilarious or unusual the story, the more easy it is to remember. The story can also be visualized as a picture in our mind in order to enhance the memory. Some people convert the things to be remembered into a simple song in order to help improve their memory.

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
40
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 2 hours for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

None