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Boost your memory by Darren Bridger

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Faces and names

Your memory can save you from the hell of social embarrassment. Here’s how to never forget another person’s name.

Think you’re bad at remembering people’s names? Maybe you’re just not going about it the right way…

We’re sometimes unable to recognise people we’ve met, let alone recall their name. Most people take this as a sign that they have a bad memory. But this is probably not the case. Names can be a particularly hard thing to remember. For one thing, they are abstract and unconnected to the person; while Mr Baker used to be a baker, today his name is not related to his profession. For another, we usually hear names only once when a person is introduced to us, and often we don’t even hear the name properly, but smile ...

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