Paired Associates Learning: Abstract Abstract Pairs

(If you have not done so, it is recommended that you read, and do, the preceding post, “Paired Associates Learning: Abstract Concrete Pairs”)

Consider these word pairs:

AFTERLIFE   EGO

ALLEGORY  TRUTH

FAULT           MATHEMATICS

Note that both words of each pair are abstract and need to be made more concrete in the image.

The following are possible mental images to help you remember.

Someone being rejected at the Pearly Gates in the AFTERLIFE due to his excessive EGO.

A wise man telling an ALLEGORY about TRUTH

A student finding FAULT in their MATHEMATICS

Now try these ten pairs:

ADVANTAGE          DALLIANCE

CRITERION              JEOPARDY

ADAGE                      CAUSALITY

ESSENCE                  LEGAL

WISTFULNESS         DUTY

WITNESS                   JUSTICE

DEMOCRACY          DEBACLE

ARRAY                      SIMILE

ARBITER                   ELABORATION

CLEMENCY              FIGMENT

Now, without looking above, try to remember the appropriate response to each stimulus or cue by remembering the mental image.

WISTFULNESS

UNBELIEVER

ESSENCE

DEMOCRACY

ADAGE

ARRAY

CRITERION

ARBITER

ADVANTAGE

CLEMENCY

Now try these ten word pairs

CONTEXT                 EXPLANATION

BELIEF                      CRISIS

CONTENTS               DYNASTY

GENDER                   INANITY

INSOLENCE             PACIFISM

SOBRIETY                SENSATION

STEERAGE               OPPORTUNITY

DUTY                         DEMON

UNIFICATION         BOAT

SITUATION              VANITY

Now, without looking, try to remember the appropriate response to each stimulus or cue by remembering the mental image.

INSOLENCE

GENDER

CONTENTS

BELIEF

CONTEXT

SOBRIETY

STEERAGE

DUTY

UNIFICATION

SITUATION

I think you will agree that this is healthy mental exercise that makes demands on your imagination and creativity as well as your memory.  Undoubtedly you noted that the task became more difficult as the words became more abstract.  It takes more practice to become proficient with the abstract words, but this practice can be quite worthwhile, as you have likely noted that much information that you want to remember is abstract, sometimes even nonsensical. 

  I have stressed using mental images. However, it is also possible to use verbal linkages, phrases and sentences.  You might find that the latter technique works better with abstract material. 

Please repeat these blog postings as often as you think it is needed to develop proficiency.  This will serve you in good stead for the remainder of this book.

If you have done all the exercises in this blog, you have accomplished quite a mental workout.  You have exercised both hemispheres of  your brain as well as your imagination, recoding, retrieval, and decoding skills.  You should also be beginning to develop some effective new memory skills.  Remember that you are engaged on a course from which you do not finish and graduate.  You need to keep practicing these skills both to improve your specific memory skills and to exercise and improve your mind and brain.

© Douglas Griffith and healthymemory.wordpress.com, 2009. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Douglas Griffith and healthymemory.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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