“A Chinese proverb is ‘I hear, and I forget; I see, and I remember,” In reviewing a study by Amy Poremba and James Bigelow at University of Iowa brought many supporting statistics to light.
- Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%.
- It takes 13 milliseconds for the human brain to process an image. Hearing to absorb 3 seconds.
- The study suggests the brain may process auditory information differently than visual and tactile information, and therefore need alternative strategies – such as increased mental repetition to improve memory.”
- ’ Seeing is Believing, but Hearing Can Be Misleading”
- Pictures beat text, in part because reading is so inefficient for us. Our brain sees letters in words as lots of tiny pictures, and we have to identify certain features in the letters to be able to read them. That takes time.
- The game “spot-the-difference,” in which a player is presented with two photos and asked to pinpoint the variations, is an excellent example of the human brain’s ability to perceive detailed change
- Learning by seeing something new or different every day is a great memory helper.
Use this information to make your life easier by seeing in a different light.