Tag Archives: long-term memory

Can a Quick Bicycle Ride Help You Learn Better?

Can exercise improve memory? That fascinating question has inspired a lot of research. The answer you get often depends quite specifically on the kind of exercise, and the kind of memory, that you study. For example, a recent study asks



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You Are a Learning Style of One

Many educational fads ask teachers to sort our students into false learning categories: by learning style, for example, or by gender. Instead, we should focus on cognitive processes — like memory and attention — that apply to all our students. As learners we can’t be categorized, but we’re more alike than different. Continue reading



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Vital Resources in Psychology: the Best Research for Teachers

These vital resources in psychology research can help teachers find the most effective teaching practices. They also provide lively examples of researchers doing what they do best: exploring complex questions with imagination and humility. Continue reading



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Alcohol and Learning: Does Drinking Harm Memory?

Back in October, I published one of the blog’s most popular articles: a summary of a study showing that moderate drinking benefits memory. In brief, that study showed that drinking before learning muddled memories. However, moderate alcohol after learning produced a modest



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Do Musicians Really Have Better Memories?

Musicians have better long-term, short-term, and working memory than non-musicians. We don’t know why musician memory is stronger, but we have good hypotheses. Continue reading



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That Book You Were Just Reading…What Was It About?

If you read piles of books, you’re much less likely to remember the specifics of each one. The same holds true if you binge-watch This is Us or Mr. Robot. Or power your way through three movies in an afternoon. Continue reading



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Improving the Syllabus: Surprising Benefits of Jumbling

Jumbling practice problem topics together helps students learn more than organizing practice problems by topic. Continue reading



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Benefiting from Retrieval Practice: Get the Timing Just Right

Retrieval practice is an excellent study strategy for students more than 24 hours ahead of a test. However, within that 24 hour window, teachers and students should focus more on connecting ideas rather than recalling them. Continue reading



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Enhance Memory by Saying Important Words Aloud

You’d like to remember a list of words better? Here’s a simple trick: read them out loud to yourself. Continue reading



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Frequency and Memory: Essential Brain Wave Boost

Earlier this month, I linked to a study showing that declarative and procedural memories correspond with different brain-wave frequencies. This week: another study making a similar point. Researchers have found that frontal, temporal, and medial temporal lobes align neural activity at lower



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