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Combined Verbal and Visual Memory

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Around the World in 80 Trips

The task

In this exercise the subject embarks on a splendid tour through the most beautiful regions on earth. The exercise consists of memorizing the itineraries of tours that may be selected from a list of destinations. The patient must keep in mind the names of the places he visits, the images associated with those places, and the order of the landmarks visited. He has to recall those elements on a grid afterwards.

What it trains

This task trains the patient’s visual and spatial memory pertaining to environmental information. He has to visualize pictures and written names (visual information), locate the pictures in space (spatial information) and then build a spatial relationship among the pictures. He will thus train his visual and spatial orientation and his perception skills. These are the skills that enable us to mentally manipulate and rotate information in space by taking different perspectives.

Parameters

A predefined set of levels has been specially selected to ensure an easy start and grant a regular progression.

 

 

Words, Where are You?

The task

This exercise consists of memorizing the location of several words on a grid, and then recalling them in the same spot in a grid as the user has seen them previously.

What it trains

Verbal memory is an essential skill for remembering conversations, doing crossword puzzles or keeping track of written material of any sort such as shopping lists or key elements of a novel. Further, we rely upon spatial memory when we try to recall the location of shops on a street, products in a grocery store or a friend’s house in a neighborhood. This exercise trains the patient’s visual and spatial memory and perception as it is about creating associations between two types of information, a word and its location. He needs to build a strategy to make a comprehensive association that would make their memorization easier. Then, he needs to be attentive and stay focused on the visual and spatial information.

Parameters

A predefined set of levels has been specially selected to ensure an easy start and grant a regular progression.

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I Remember You!

The task

Having trouble remembering people? Even more trouble remembering names? Playing ‘I remember you!’ will help reduce the embarrassment from forgetting those names and faces. In this exercise you will memorize people you meet. Registering the distinctive features for each face (skin color, shape, hair color and style, jewelry or none, age, gender, mouth, teeth or ear shapes…) and combining them with the information about the person (faces, first names, last names and home towns) will help you remember for longer. In the second part of the game, you will need to recall the information for each person you’ve met.

What it trains

This exercise primarily exercises your short-term memory. Short-term memory is typically involved when meeting a new person who introduces themselves to us. If we wish to keep this data in mind after an initial encounter in case we meet this person several times, it’s necessary to commit the face and the name to our long-term. Each exercise round will give you up to 7 faces to memorize (depending on the level), each one linked to a name and a home city. The capacity of our short-term memory will often be exceeded so you will use mnemotechnical techniques to be able to memorize everything. Association skills and mental imaging will be necessary to do this. Let’s imagine that the following information has to be memorized: Mr. Gard, picture of a man with a beard: just think the beard represents a lawn and change the name Gard to Garden and the memory will quickly be stored! Analyze names and faces to help you associate the information and make it easier to retain.

Parameters

A predefined set of levels has been specially selected to ensure an easy start and grant a regular progression.