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spacing effect

spacing effect  n.— «Wxams after the break are a better measure of true learning, rather than the memorization. Psychologists use the term “spacing effect” to explain why: The review of material increases long-term memory best...

cog

cog  n.— «The drugs, known as “cognition enhancers” could improve brain performance in a number of ways, from sharpening short-term memory and increasing speed of thought. The Academy of Medical Sciences has already advised...

Dilemma vs. Dilemna

An adult caller from Phoenix is stung by the memory of losing an elementary school spelling bee when he misspelled the word dilemma. He insists that his teachers taught him that the word contains a silent “n.” After all these years...

momnesia

momnesia  n.— «Momnesia—the mental fuzziness and memory lapses that set in shortly after childbirth—had struck again.» —“Babies can cause ‘momnesia’” by Liz Szabo USA Today Mar. 3, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued...

destroilet

destroilet  n.— «John says he can still picture in his mind watching the frost build up on the inside cabin walls as warm air radiated from the heater. However, his most vivid memory of the cabin was the toilet. The boys referred to it as...

memory room

memory room  n.— «The facility also has what’s called a memory room. It’s a peaceful room, decorated in soothing pastel colors, with comfortable chairs and other seating for meetings. “Sometimes the elderly get agitated,”...