My memory for names is patchy sometimes. I can meet someone at a social function, hear their name, shake their hand and minutes later have forgotten what they are called. Not a good attribute to display as the Christmas party season approaches.
I am going to try coaching myself to do better with remembering people’s names. According to an item in the Guardian newspaper, about revising for exams, there might be a straightforward way to do this.
Pathways between neurons [the brain cells which store information] can be strengthened over time. Simple repetition – practising retrieving a memory over and over again – is the best form of consolidating the pattern.
I am going try using the person’s name a few times in conversation straightaway, to see if that locks it into my memory.
- Mystery of Memory: Why It’s Not Perfect (livescience.com)