MindPerformanceHacks 2fOvercomeTheTipOfTheTongueEffect

Hack #12: Overcome the Tip-of-the-Tongue Effect

Use what you can recall to help bootstrap your memory into remembering what you can't.

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This hack is like googling your memory, which of course is a useful technique to know. By way of analogy, this morning I briefly forgot the name of an author, but I knew the name of his most recent book (My Lucky Star) and that he is often compared to P.G. Wodehouse. I typed "my-lucky-star wodehouse" into Google, which is the closest thing we have to a global brain. Up came a page with the author's name in the title bar: Joe Keenan. In effect, I was priming Google.

-- Ron Hale-Evans [[DateTime?(2006-03-06T02:35:42Z)]]



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