Decoding the Name-Recall Conundrum: A Novel Perspective on Cognitive Processing and Enhancement Strategies (75281)

Session Information: Psychology and Education
Session Chair: Xavier Noel

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 11:10
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This paper investigates the prevalent issue of forgetting names immediately after introductions, a problem evidenced by an 89% failure rate among a sample size of 1012 individuals. We propose that the root cause of this memory lapse is not an inherent issue with memory retention or retrieval. Instead, it relates to a specific cognitive phenomenon whereby the verbal information (the name) triggers an internal visualization of a previously known individual associated with that name. This internal image, superimposed upon the visual perception of the newly introduced person, creates a disconnect between the verbal and visual components, leading to a lack of memorization. We argue that this isn't a memory failure, but an information classification issue. Initial experiments indicate that making individuals aware of the internal visual component upon introduction and training them with a technique described in this paper can effectively facilitate name recall. Our findings shed light on this overlooked cognitive phenomenon and introduce new prospects for cognitive enhancement and education beyond memory skills.

Tomáš Benka, Independent Scholar, Czech Republic
Leonard Bernau, Independent Scholar, Czech Republic
Filip Paulu, Independent Scholar, Czech Republic
Karel Janecek, Independent Scholar, Czech Republic

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Tomáš Benka is is currently working at Science 21 Foundation in Czech Republic

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