Friday, August 08, 2014

Word of the Day -- Mnemonic



A mnemonic, or mnemonic device, is any learning technique that aids information retention. Mnemonics aim to translate information into a form that the brain can retain better than its original form. Even the process of merely learning this conversion might already aid in the transfer of information to long-term memory. Commonly encountered mnemonics are often used for lists and in auditory form, such as short poems, acronyms, or memorable phrases, but mnemonics can also be used for other types of information and in visual or kinesthetic forms. Their use is based on the observation that the human mind more easily remembers spatial, personal, surprising, physical, sexual, humorous, or otherwise 'relatable' information, rather than more abstract or impersonal forms of information.

Knuckle mnemonic for the number of days in each month of the Gregorian Calendar. Each protruding knuckle represents a 31-day month.
Do you have a favorite mnemonic?  Let us know in the comments section.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

British Mnemonic for the Spectrum:

Richard
Of
York
Gave
Battle
In
Vain.

Tim Burns said...

Awesome! I love that, I'm going to steal it from you if that is okay. :-)