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By Dr. Antonio Rotondo
Let’s be honest. Who hasn’t forgotten names at one point or another? Sometimes it can be embarrassing: You’re in a meeting at work making introductions when the name of the person in the cubicle across from you suddenly escapes you; or, as a candidate for the dream job you’ve always wanted, you keep calling the chair of the search “Bob” when it’s really “Steve.” Awkward.
Remembering names is an art form that many of us haven’t mastered. With aging, that recall only gets harder. For a lot of us, learning and retaining new names is like attempting origami … without directions … when your hand is in a splint.
Why Names Can Be Hard to Remember and What Helps
I see these memory recall difficulties firsthand among patients who come to me for neuropsychological testing of verbal and non-verbal, recall abilities (among other neurological skills that we test for). I might read a list of words and then invite the patient to repeat the list back to me; I might do this exercise a couple of times to see how the patient is retaining the information. Or, I might read a story twice to a patient and ask them to retell the story in the same order of events in which it occurred.
In the course of these exercises, it quickly becomes clear that good memory recall depends on a number of factors:
5 Tips for Remembering Names, From an Expert in Neuropsychology
For as much as remembering names is an art form, then, it’s also a skill that you can learn— meaning you can get better at remembering names. All it takes is a little practice, with attention to these five pointers:
Remembering names can be difficult for many of us, but it’s also a knack and a skill that can be learned. With a little bit of practice applying the above pointers, you can get better with names. Your brain will thank you for it. Your work and social life may, too.
Dr. Antonio Rotondo is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in neuropsychology. He treats patients with addiction and other mental disorders at FHE Health, a Florida-based behavioral healthcare provider. Learn more about Neurorehabilitative Services at FHE Health.
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