Why Dirty Thoughts Could Improve Your Memory

There are a dizzying number of popular tricks for improving memory, from the classic “memory palace” technique to the Baker-baker method to Franklin Roosevelt’s favored technique of imagining a person’s name stamped across their forehead. The idea of trying to remember all these memory tricks alone can be a daunting task.

But Ed Cooke, Grand Master of Memory and author of Remember, Remember: Learn the Stuff You Thought You Never Could, has a simpler — and perhaps more enjoyable — way to remember important information. Cooke’s suggestion? Think of something, well, dirty.

We all know the feeling of struggling to commit important facts to memory. Cooke explained in an interview with the Daily Mail that linking a unique and memorable thought — like a sexual fantasy — with something more mundane that you need to know can help you to better recall it.

Though it doesn’t necessarily have to be dirty, sexual thoughts tend to be memorable and emotionally charged. Really, Cooke explains, anything unexpected (like rude or violent thoughts) can do the trick.

“A great rule of thumb for what’s memorable is ‘whatever would grab your attention as you’re wandering down the street —> Read More Here


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