Have you experienced this phenomenon concerning time and memory? There are some days when you don’t remember what happened yesterday or even a few hours ago. Yet, there are others when events and chance meetings bring back memories of decades ago. You remember things that happened so long ago as clearly as if they happened the day before. Continue reading
In a recent conference I was struck by the differences between two executives. Executive A – for he shall remain nameless- came across as a live wire. Though he was about 40 years old, data spewed forth like a machine gun. It was very evident that he had his facts and figures on his finger tips. Answers to queries were answered with confidence and they came at a well modulated speed- neither too fast nor too slow. He was alert, maintained good eye contact and made a very favorable impression.
Executive B – who shall also not be named- was a different story altogether. Although he had been on the job longer than A, he was groping for details. His answers were not fluent. They were halting and it appeared that he was straining to put things together in his mind before making a point or answering a question.
A report in the “Science Daily” speaks of researchers in the United States carrying out a study and finding that spending 10 minutes talking to another person helps improve the memory.
“In our study, socialising was just as effective as more traditional kinds of mental exercise in boosting memory and intellectual performance,”lead researcher Oscar Ybarra was quoted as saying. Ybarra is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan.
According to Ybarra ” Short-term social interaction lasting for just 10 minutes boosted participants’ intellectual performance as much as engaging in so-called ‘intellectual’ activities for the same amount of time. The higher the level of participants’ social interaction, researchers found, the better their cognitive functioning. This relationship was reliable for all age groups, from the youngest through the oldest. ”
He went on to say “To our knowledge, this experiment represents the only causal evidence showing that social interaction directly affects memory and mental performance in a positive way.”
That’s good news for all of us who socialise.