The terrible secret of expert memory


Have you read this article explaining how the memory of experts works? When people say that chess develops your brain or computer games build up your cognitive skills, they may be wrong at least about memorisation skills: as it turns out, experts are good at remembering things only from their own area of expertise. Because new items that we need to remember are associated with the ones we already know, it may be quite counterproductive to practise our ‘memory muscle’ just for the sake of practice.

So much for hoping that the more foreign languages we speak, the easier it will be to learn another! Unless they are really similar, I guess.

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