Use the Recency Effect to Aid Your Memory, Your Emotions, and Your Sleep

by | Mar 6, 2024 | Human Thinking and Behavior, Positive psychology | 0 comments

The recency effect in the broad sense means that recent events have a disproportionate effect on a person’s memory and emotions. You can put this effect to good use.

Regarding memory, study the most inportant information last (or review it last). If you are learning a new skill or behavior, work on the most important part last. 

Regarding emotions, do the most enjoyable task or activity at the end of work shift or study session. As result, you will feel better about the work or study session.

Just before sleep, do something pleasing. Your sleep will be more peaceful, and your dreams more pleasant, with fewer nightmares. 


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