Why Mnemonics Are Just Pointers for Your Brain

A computational take on a common memory enhancement hack

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In our previous articles we have extensively talked about how computational approaches can be applied towards studying. In this article, we wanted to talk about how mnemonics are similar to pointers in programming.

What are Mnemonics?

A mnemonic, also known as a memory aid, is a tool that helps you remember an idea or phrase with a pattern of letters, numbers, or relatable associations. Mnemonic devices include special rhymes and poems, acronyms, images, songs, outlines, and other tools. Mnemonic (pronounced ni-mon-ik) is derived from the Greek phrase mimnēskesthai meaning to “remember.”

- LibraryTerms.net

As we can see from the definition of a mnemonic provided by Library Terms above, a mnemonic is simply a tool to help with memorization. There are multiple types of mnemonic devices — including connection, music, image, and name mnemonic devices — each of which seeks to associate a piece of information to a retrieval cue in order to enhance recall. Take for example the popular Name of Expression mnemonic FANBOY. Each letter in this mnemonic corresponds to an associated coordinating conjunction: For, And, Nor, But, Or, and Yet. When using this mnemonic…

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