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Learning to Read at a Higher Level

I apologize if this question may seem silly, but I read a lot and I notice that I don't recall what I've read very well. My usual technique for reading clinical books is that I highlight what I think is important and then I go back and take notes on what I have highlighted. I can definitely highlight too much and it makes going back very time consuming. Is there a better way of going through a book and taking notes on it? It seems like my old method is not working very well. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Feb 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Amazing feats of memory tricks - do they really work?

Last night I was watching Derren Brown's Infamous, in which he claims to be able to recite the entire works of Shakespeare using memory trick techniques (visualisation/creating a narrative etc), and also said he attained one of the highest grades in the country in his A-levels by using them. I'm wondering if this was an impressive stage trick, or if these techniques actually work, I'd also be grateful for any proven techniques for improving long and short term memory recall. Is there anything scientifically-backed out there for this? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Jan 3, 2015 - 14 answers

Speak, memory. (Or at least whisper a bit louder.)

How do memoir writers jog their memories? How have you (in the absence of note-taking during or immediately after transformative periods in your life) jogged your memory? [more inside]
posted by blue suede stockings on Sep 3, 2013 - 12 answers

What is this type of recall?

What is the technical term for this type of recall? A student (possibly with ADD) plays a puzzle game while listening to a class (there's no relationship between the puzzle game and the content of the class). Later, while relaxing at home, he plays the game again and by doing that recalls the content of the class.
posted by fries on Jun 14, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I remember conversations better?

Help me improve my verbal memory. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Have we met before?

What's the opposite of someone losing facial recognition or facial pattern matching capacity? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Jun 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Drawing a Blank

How much do you remember your teen years and, if not a lot, then when did you start to lose those memories? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jun 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Perfect facial recall, common?

Whenever I think of a person out of the past (I'm 67, and have an excellent recall of schoolmates and even casual acquaintances from the distant past) a mental thumbnail photograph of that person always pops into my thoughts. Accurate in every way. I find almost no names in memory without full face photographs, probably thousands of them. My question, is this a rare ability or is it common?
posted by fkeese on Oct 30, 2007 - 9 answers

I need to dig up a song from my memory.

How to help myself remember the words and tune of a song I sang as a child? [more inside]
posted by winston on Sep 1, 2006 - 7 answers

Name this song: sung by a woman, "sing a lovely song"

Song name! I can't remember practically anything about a song except that it was sung by a woman, say alto range, and contains the words "sing a lovely song" sung such that "sing" was held for longer than any other syllable in that phrase and "love" was sharply higher than any other note in the phrase, and I think held for less time than "a", "ly" and "song", "song" being held but not for as long as "sing". I realize that's not much to go on, but maybe someone has an idea? Also, I might be wrong about it being sung by a woman, and possibly everything else.
posted by kenko on Sep 10, 2004 - 6 answers

What do you call reliving a dream?

I just had a dream. In the dream I had recollection of another dream I had (in the dream, I say! an actual other dream I had about a year ago!). Then when I woke up, over making the morning joe, I recalled not only the dream from last night, but the recollection of the dream from a year ago, and how the experience of recalling a dream within a dream felt. What the hell do you call that?
posted by pissfactory on Jul 10, 2004 - 13 answers

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