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Improve Memory with Associative Learning

Association is the basis of all learning. Association is how we learn new material. We make associations with new material to something we already know. We might attach an emotion to the new material. We decide how relevant the new material is, or we make connections with the new material.

Visual Association

One of the easiest examples of associative learning is the stop light. The green light means go, yellow means slow down or caution, red means stop.

Olfactory (Smell) Association

Another example is smelling popcorn leads you to believe that the snack that is coming is popcorn.

Auditory (Sound) Association

Hearing sirens blasting leads you to pull over when you are driving, knowing that an ambulance or emergency vehicle is on its way.

Tactile/Kinesthetic Association

Many people are irritated by the tags in their clothes, and they cut them out so they don’t feel annoyed all day long.

Association directly impacts reading, spelling, writing, and math skills as well. When we consciously make an association, we are saving knowledge so we can retrieve it and act on it at a later time. From the sound/symbol relationship to more advanced vocabulary associations, we use associative learning each and every day.

When you harness the technique of associative learning and make associations on a conscious level, learning becomes easier.