Card games can help exercise your memory.
Have you ever looked up a phone number and repeated it over and over to yourself until you dialled it correctly?
This draws on your working memory; however, just moments after dialling the telephone number, chances are you have forgotten it.
This is because the telephone number was not "committed" to your long-term memory.
And, while working memory is reliable for quick recall of bits of information (like phone numbers), it can hold only a few pieces of information and only for a very short time.
To remember things for a longer amount of time, you must connect the new information with information you already have, "committing" it to your long-term memory, which stores more information and, for a longer period of time.
There are, of course, many 'serious' techniques for improving your memory. (And you can find many in Mind Tools memory techniques section .) But you can also have a bit of fun "working out" with memory games. This article introduces several games to workout your memory, individually or in a team.
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