Using your non-dominant hand to improve memory and imagination

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#1 13 August, 2014 - 10:59
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Using your non-dominant hand to improve memory and imagination

Here are two article that describe increased memory in people who practice using their non-dominant hand:

This article talks about:
Increased memory if you squeeze the right hand while memorizing
Increased imagination if you squeeze the left hand

I am going to use my non-dominant hand more for the next 6 weeks to see if I notice a difference
I am also going to squeeze a hand when I am trying to remember a difficult scene/sequence
anyone else want to join me, and we can report our experience?

13 August, 2014 - 11:43
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Joined: 3 years 11 months ago

Interesting finding, raykidwell!

I always like to memorize stuff with my fingertips of opposite hands touching each other and in this position I tend to bend my fingers up and down. I have noticed that this helps me to recall and visualize images more easily and prevents getting sleepy in my memory palaces (i.e. stuck in one specific locus trying to recall an image). According to your study it may be because both palms are active (they apply pressure to each other) - right hand stimulates left hemisphere and gives better and faster recall, left hand activates right hemisphere and enables me to produce new images in more detail.

I'm going to give a try to writing with my left hand.

13 August, 2014 - 11:57
Joined: 3 years 5 months ago

I am going to:
Spend 5 minutes a day writing with non-dominant hand
Spend 5 minutes a day squeezing a ball with each hand independently (not at the same time)
Using a one hand squeeze technique during memorizing and recalling difficult areas

11 August, 2016 - 09:11
Joined: 2 years 1 week ago

I wonder if the percentage of left-handed mnemonists is higher than in the general population. I've read that left-handed people are naturally more creative because left-hand dominance is linked to the brain's right hemisphere (said to be the brain's seat of creativity).

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