Toying with Our Memory
As we set aside the next month to remember contributions that African-Americans have made in the development of our nation, it's good to talk out loud about such things. Just as the Hebrew people passed down their history in an oral manner, vocalizing our history helps us to remember it.
In a study published in the journal Child Development, 46 children ages 27-51 months played with a toy for 2 days. On day 3 the children were asked if they remembered the toy and how to use it. Six years later they were shown a medal they'd received for their participation and asked if they remembered why they got it. Twenty percent remembered. They were the children who had talked more about the toy after the study. Talking about something shortly after it happens helps memory develop – unless the researchers are "toying" with us.
source: Is Science Making More Sense?
posted December 26, 2011