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  • Why we remember the stories (continued)

    Recently, when I decided to write something here about why narrative structures help people remember their school lessons, I realized that I have never really gone into detail about the underlying reasons for this phenomenon. Today, I would like to explain a bit more about why linking abstract concepts to stories is so effective. Of course, one of the most prominent

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  • Why we remember the stories

    In a recent post, we saw that grade school and graduate school classrooms are similar in at least one basic way. In both venues, using narrative-based approaches is an effective device for teachers who strive to help class participants retain information. As I have written here before, my extensive experience as a lecturer in a variety of contexts has perhaps left

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  • Narrative-based learning can work anywhere

    In the last post, we noted that narrative approaches to teaching are highly valued and praised by educators, regardless of the age of their students. In fact, my informal interviews with primary school teachers yielded a number of interesting observations, almost all of which involved things I could also see with my MBA students at the graduate school of management

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  • Stories can make any lesson far more powerful

    In the previous post, we saw that story’s sequential flow is a significant element of its power as a mnemonic device. To me, the Memory Palace system we discussed last time is an interesting technique, especially from a storytelling perspective. In essence, its success as a memory aid is derived from imposing a rudimentary narrative structure on a random list of items

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  • How narrative structure aids recall

    Last time, we visited two compelling arguments supporting the notion that narrative facilitates recall. First, stories slide naturally into our minds because narrative is at the core of human existence, all the time intertwined with who we are and how we live our lives. And second, a well-told tale touches us on an emotional level. Other forms of discourse do

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  • Why narrative stays so long in our minds

    My recent reflecting on how Paul Revere became a household name in the United States got me thinking once again about story’s important role in all human thought. In that process, it occurred to me that I should perhaps go a little deeper into the reasons behind narrative’s effectiveness in the realms of learning and memory. For example, I have

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