Brain Tip of the Week: Split It Into 7

7 Deadly Sins. 7 Wonders of the World. 7 Stages of Grief.

Lists of 7 abound in our world – even phone numbers have 7 digits if you don’t count the area code. But have you ever wondered why? As it turns out, there’s a brain-based explanation.

Psychologists have found that we can hold roughly 7 bits of information at once in our working memory. And we must process information in our working memory before we can transfer it to our long-term memory.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to split it into 7 – AKA split any information you learn into 7 parts.

Sound crazy? Try this experiment: ask a friend to give you 10 words, and see how many you can recall. Chances are, you’re able to remember 7 – plus or minus 2.

It’s important to note that your brain can remember 7 chunks, not 7 bits of information. What’s the difference? For an English speaker, 7 words constitute 7 chunks of information. But if you’re new to English, those chunks might be syllables instead because your brain doesn’t yet process a word as a ‘chunk.’ You might only be able to remember one 3-syllable word and one 4-syllable word.

So if you have to remember something new this week? Try splitting it into 7 chunks. It’s as simple as it is powerful.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

7 Deadly Sins. 7 Wonders of the World. 7 Stages of Grief.

Lists of 7 abound in our world – even phone numbers have 7 digits if you don’t count the area code. But have you ever wondered why? As it turns out, there’s a brain-based explanation.

Psychologists have found that we can hold roughly 7 bits of information at once in our working memory. And we must process information in our working memory before we can transfer it to our long-term memory.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to split it into 7 – AKA split any information you learn into 7 parts.

Sound crazy? Try this experiment: ask a friend to give you 10 words, and see how many you can recall. Chances are, you’re able to remember 7 – plus or minus 2.

It’s important to note that your brain can remember 7 chunks, not 7 bits of information. What’s the difference? For an English speaker, 7 words constitute 7 chunks of information. But if you’re new to English, those chunks might be syllables instead because your brain doesn’t yet process a word as a ‘chunk.’ You might only be able to remember one 3-syllable word and one 4-syllable word.

So if you have to remember something new this week? Try splitting it into 7 chunks. It’s as simple as it is powerful.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

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