“Use it or lose it” is a concept that applies not just to physical strength but also to the brain. This seminar explores the brain’s ability to remember. Students learn the science behind how memory works and develop techniques to improve their memory skills. Interactive games allow students to practice memory techniques that can be applied in the classroom and beyond. Philosophical questions are explored: are humans more than their memories?

Dates Offered

November 30, 2018
January 11, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • At home: Take a trip down Memory lane and play the classic board game. A set is available for checkout in the MS Media Center.

  • PodCast: RadioLab’s Memory and Forgetting is a fascinating look behind the curtain of how memories are made and unmade.

  • TED Talks: During the seminar students watched excerpts from Feats of Memory. Families might enjoy watching the full twenty minute video together.

Why Study Memory?

Learning memory techniques offers practical advantages. More foundationally, learning about memory helps students understand that memory is a skill that can be developed, not a static measure of “smartness.” Adolescent learners are almost always fascinated by brain science, perhaps a reflection of how much change is going on in their own brains at this time.