Why are visualizing mnemonicsusually wacky? I've been told to picture images and associated stories (for example, with the Major System) as ridiculous and zany as possible. Is it because our brains are more likely to remember extraordinary things?

  • $\begingroup$ I believe my answer on the following link may provide some background that goes some way to your answer. Mnemonics basically work based on how the brain encodes information and to relevance. Odd things or emotionally charged information stick out because they are unusual, and much of what the brain does is picking out either relevant info or unusual info. cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/13397/… $\endgroup$
    – Comte
    Oct 19 '16 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ The Internet has surprisingly little to say about this beyond listicles of memory tips. $\endgroup$
    – Zenon
    Oct 20 '17 at 20:16

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