Montmartre by John Althouse Cohen © 2012 niall. All rights reserved.

writing, memory and forgetting by maria konnikova

Great article by Maria Konnikova in the Scientific American Literally Psyched blog about the Zeigarnik effect.

Does writing something down help you to remember? Or does it put up a barrier to creativity?

photo: Montmartre by John Althouse Cohen

 

2 Comments

  1. niall

    Thanks Carina. Mental arithmetic is good for the brain at any age maybe. There are a lot of books and resources in Japan for older people who want to keep their brains active. In the UK children learned multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. Because historically we used shillings with 12 pence and also many things were sold in dozens. In Japan it’s up to 10 x 10. I’m not sure if memorizing is the best method to learn multiplication tables but perhaps it is.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplication_table

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napier%27s_bones

  2. Thank you Niall for sharing this interesting article. I don’t know if this has something to do, but I remember being a child in the german school in Buenos Aires, when one teacher was sick and didn’t come, the principal came to take care of us and made us mental arithmetic, long addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and the one who had first the right result could go to play in the schoolyard. I never heard of my children saying that they do that now, and in the spanish school I went, when we moved, they didn’t do that either. I think it was an old german method of teaching. But I’m sure that was a very good one to improve the memory.

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