This month we’re setting off to Brittany for our family holiday and I’m really excited, as well as nostalgic, as it was a popular choice of my parents when my brother and I were small.
It’s got me thinking about the crucial role of the senses in ‘locking in’ memories – helping us remember things in rich detail. This is central to how we design training at Green Door and we like to think it’s one of the things that makes us a bit different.
The memories I have of France are predominantly food-based, I must admit: the smell of a crêpe cooking and the spoils of my dad’s early morning ‘croissant run’. Along with the food, I remember learning to swim in the chill of an outdoor pool and sunny days on the beach exploring salty rock pools. And Dire Straights playing on the car’s tape-deck – it was the 80’s!
I’m so excited because I can’t wait to see these memories being formed for my own children and to indulge my own reminiscence.
Our amazing brains store information as a pattern of neurons firing in response to stimuli, and the richer the experience/memory, the more permanent the learning. We also store information topographically, so the memory of a wonderful meal will involve storage in specialised areas: tastes (parietal lobes), sound (temporal lobes), people (occipital lobe), etc. For a great ‘brain tour’, see this link from Philippa Norman MD.
So to generate learning that really stays the course, at Green Door we focus on creating training events that are vivid and multi-faceted – based on sound, feeling, colour, movement, taste and even smell (good ones!). We believe the very best training environments are vibrant, dynamic and…well, memorable!
So here’s this month’s call to action:
– How are you nourishing your brain? How could you use colour, association, repetition, smell or music to help you remember key things?
– Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free checklist on creating varied and multi-sensory learning environments.
– Let us know if we could help your organisation to deliver training or facilitate events where the learning sticks and real change results.