Memory is more like a barrel of monkeys than a barrel of bricks. With a barrel of bricks, the more bricks there are, the heavier and more unwieldy it becomes. With the barrel of monkeys (and I’m referring to the children’s toy here), more monkeys means more connections, and that means it’s easier to lift the mass.
Memory works like that. More details actually makes the memory more memorable. Often, people protest that making up mnemonic stories to recall things like vocabulary or formulas just adds much more to memorize. It’s counter-intuitive, but the detailed stories actually make it easier to recall what you are attempting to memorize.
Think about it this way; who do you remember best from your fifth grade class; the quiet, uninteresting kid who always sat in the back or the stinky kid with the bright red hair who always got in trouble?© Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.