LAWS Of Association

Aristotle is often attributed with forming the laws of associadon. We remember something by recalling something else that is similar, closely related, or opposite to that which we want to remember. Clearly, this is the basis of every memory system ever invented, not just mine. If we can't remember the actual name, object, number, or topic, we recall something else (a place or image), which then triggers off our memory.

Aristotle makes this point when he is discriminating between reminiscence and memory in De Anima. He goes on to say that those things that are the easiest to remember have an order, a theory we have already discussed.

Loci, images, actions, persons, imagination, association, order - it's no wonder the Greeks had such good memories.

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