Why do I re­mem­ber some­thing bet­ter if I read it out loud?

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Q&A -

There are at least two pos­si­bil­i­ties – one is that it helps to hear the in­for­ma­tion in your own voice, the other is that there’s some­thing mem­o­rable about the act of speak­ing the words. A clever study put these two ex­pla­na­tions to the test re­cently. It com­pared par­tic­i­pants read­ing words aloud to lis­ten­ing to ear­lier record­ings of them­selves say­ing words, us­ing a mem­ory test. The find­ings sug­gested that both the act of speak­ing, and hear­ing one­self, as­sist mem­ory – the for­mer be­cause it’s a more ac­tive, in­volved process than silent read­ing, and the lat­ter be­cause hear­ing one­self speak makes the in­for­ma­tion more per­son­ally salient. CJ

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