Training: Would you be more likely to recall information if it was easier?
Our cognitive load can be as much as two times that of the brain’s requirements and remember only about 5% of it. The rest can only be remembered by the college- or university-educated students who study more systematically. As a result, their recall of information becomes exceptionally bad on tests, while the people who lack that advanced knowledge often have trouble remembering arbitrary facts.
On the other hand, anyone with a school diploma is able to have amazing recall and knowledge of stuff that they’ve heard and seen and details about things that are true and false. The reason is that learning is a method of thinking about things, which consists of using the knowledge we’ve accumulated and making inferences, by “seeing” and “sounding” and “reading”. By associating meanings and quality with certain patterns, we can use a lot of information from unrelated facts to come up with facts about random facts.
Researchers in this area are experimenting with training that allows people to think in “intermediate” and “extreme” ways. Some days, the content of a given test is explained and the students take it that way; other days, they just take the test without being shown the original reason for the test. Some day is the thinking that sounds more basic while the other day is the thinking that looks more advanced.
A new study shows that when the subjects are shown information about how information is related to other information, they are less likely to remember in detail whatever they were asked to recall. Consequently, it is possible that such information erodes the discipline that people exhibit to learn certain facts.
To their knowledge, you have decided not to participate in the 2008 World Economic Forum after you forgot to renew your passport and now the organisers want you to show up at Davos for the event. You were invited by your former head of state and or your company as a client of that particular bank, now are you the one who lost their trust. You have already listened to all the radio programs about climate change, now will you attend the upcoming town hall with the prime minister?
It is true that some aspects of information are essential for comprehension, and when I knew you, you knew the same thing and we made lots of friends, but they have stopped hanging out with you because you couldn’t help but spread false information among them. When you chose to get your bank card by passing through a quick check station every few months, you led by example how to circumvent the checking laws to grow big.
Remember how your family in the former Soviet Union was left alone with two choice — settle there or move to Poland? You took the move to the small country, changed your first name and my memory remembers you shaking the hand of the former Polish prime minister and urging the other people to emigrate to Poland.
Today, you are the prime minister of Poland and the new owner of a well-known Russian oligarch’s newly purchased hotel. I don’t see why you have to attend the World Economic Forum on this one-day leave.