Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Mnemonic Techniques

  • Amanda L. Sacks-ZimmermanEmail author
  • Vanesa C. Lerma
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1095


Learning aid; Memory aid; Memory strategy


A mnemonic is a memory/learning aid. A mnemonic is an association between the information that needs to be recalled and information that is more easily recalled, specifically, information that has previous ingrained meaning, such as personal or humorous information (Soanes et al. 2006). Mnemonic techniques are cognitive cuing structures created by Bellezza (1981). A mnemonic is based on the concept that recall of arbitrary information is facilitated if associated with more meaningful information. Mnemonics are most common in verbal form and may be utilized to remember verbal, visual, or kinesthetic information.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurological SurgeryWeill Cornell MedicineNew YorkUSA