[The] invisible residue of old memories helps a person remember that same material again more quickly than before.
~Dr. Dan Willingham, a cognitive scientist at the University of Virginia, in a recent article in The Atlantic magazine
Katherine Rawson and John Dunlosky have called this practice“successive relearning. ”The thing that makes memories of what we’ve learned “indelible,” Willingham writes, is returning to that material again and again, writes Annie Murphy Paul in this article.
More Weekend Ed. Quotes
We’ve all been taught the importance of beginning early in saving money for retirement. Accumulating mental capital—by reading and writing, speaking a second language, or practicing a musical instrument—works the same way. If you want a generous cognitive reserve to see you through your golden years, you’d better start contributing now. ~Annie Murphy Paul in her post, Enriching Your Brain Bank
Most intriguing research point from the article:
“after accounting for physical evidence of dementia, the scientists produced an amazing finding: people who made a lifelong habit of lots reading and writing slowed their rate of mental decline by 32 percent over those who engaged in only average levels of these activities. Compared to the average folks, people who rarely read or wrote experienced a decline that was 48 percent faster.”