r/technology – Ancient Australian Aboriginal Memory Tool Superior to “Memory Palace” Learning Technique


From the study:

To construct a narrative around the butterfly word list (Fig 1A), the instructor walked students around a rock garden located on campus which contained multiple rocks, plants and concrete slabs arranged in the shape of a large, stylized footprint (Fig 1B & 1C). Each list item was incorporated into a narrative related to elements in the rock garden (Fig 1C). The narrative was practiced as students physically walked through the garden with the instructor, and participants were encouraged to visualize walking through the garden during recall. As the participants mentally “walked” the path in the narrative, they were encouraged to approach each feature in the garden and identify the place and its associated butterfly name.

If you wanted an explanation of what the technique actually is.


From the study:

To construct a narrative around the butterfly word list (Fig 1A), the instructor walked students around a rock garden located on campus which contained multiple rocks, plants and concrete slabs arranged in the shape of a large, stylized footprint (Fig 1B & 1C). Each list item was incorporated into a narrative related to elements in the rock garden (Fig 1C). The narrative was practiced as students physically walked through the garden with the instructor, and participants were encouraged to visualize walking through the garden during recall. As the participants mentally “walked” the path in the narrative, they were encouraged to approach each feature in the garden and identify the place and its associated butterfly name.

If you wanted an explanation of what the technique actually is.

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