Science Says You Can Do This Simple Action to Boost Your Memory

You have to listen to your own voice.
Science Says You Can Do This Simple Action to Boost Your Memory
Image credit: graphicstock

Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox

Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now!
Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.
2 min read

We all have different shortcuts to help us remember things, such as mnemonic devices, calendar alerts, to-do lists and post-it notes in key places. But a recent study from the University of Waterloo in Canada has found that you’re less likely to forget something if you read it aloud. Simple as that.

The researchers found the action of both reading and hearing the words spoken out loud make more of an impression on your memory, making it more likely that you’ll hang onto the information.

Related: 15 Science-Backed Memory Tips to Help You Succeed (Infographic)

The study looked at four modes of consuming information -- reading silently, hearing someone else read aloud, an individual listening back to a recording of him or herself reading aloud and reading aloud in real time.

Based on the results from the 95 study participants, the researchers found that reading aloud in real time led to the best recall. The researchers also noted that exercise and physical movement are also keys to better memory.

"This study confirms that learning and memory benefit from active involvement," said study co-author Colin M. MacLeod in a summary of the findings. "When we add an active measure or a production element to a word, that word becomes more distinct in long-term memory, and hence more memorable."

More from Entrepreneur

Get heaping discounts to books you love delivered straight to your inbox. We’ll feature a different book each week and share exclusive deals you won’t find anywhere else.
Amplify your business knowledge and reach your full entrepreneurial potential with Entrepreneur Insider’s exclusive benefits. For just $5 per month, get access to premium content, webinars, an ad-free experience, and more! Plus, enjoy a FREE 1-year Entrepreneur magazine subscription.
Entrepreneur Store scours the web for the newest software, gadgets & web services. Explore our giveaways, bundles, "Pay What You Want" deals & more.

Latest on Entrepreneur