nurture debate in psychology has been going on for quite some time. For instance, many psychologists argue over whether memory is something that can be increased. I think that memory can be trained and improved. Research in studying memory shows that it is possible to improve your memory performance in specific areas by applying memory techniques. There have also found that binaural-beat audio signals can be effective in training your memory. .
Our textbook states that, " you will remember information better if you organize it hierarchically. (pg. 246 Santrock)" Mnemonics are methods for remembering information that is otherwise quite difficult to recall. A very simple example of a mnemonic is the '30 days hath September' rhyme. The basic principle of mnemonics is to use as many of the best functions of the human brain as possible to code information and increase your memory capacity. The human brains evolved to code and interpret complex stimuli such as images, color, structure, sounds, smell, tastes, touch, spatial awareness, emotion, and language and using them to interpret the environment. Human memory is made up of all these features. Typically, however, the information to be remembered is from one source, normally words on a page. While language, words on a page, reflects one of the most important aspects of human evolution, it is only one of the many skills and resources available to the human mind. .
Mnemonics seek to use all of these resources. By coding language and numbers in sophisticated, striking images which flow into other strong images, we can accurately and reliably code both information and the structure of information to be easily recalled later and therefore increasing your memory. Of the many mnemonic devices available, the ones described here rely on organization of information into meaningful chunks, such as categorical clustering, acrostics, interactive images and method loci.