Memory Building

Digital storytelling can be seen to help memory.  Research shows that the human brain more readily retains key information and concepts when presented in story form. By owning, reflecting upon and creating stories, the brain is able to create a memory. This memory is stored and can be retrieved more effectively later. Other events that do not become structured through narrative are more likely to be lost to memory. Creating stories and learning to tell them helps the storyteller to construct better memory skills. The more one reflects upon their life the better they can learn to tell it and remember it.

Telling information as stories also helps the listener to connect the information to themselves and their life. This connection helps the listener retain this information and also help them be able to recall later when needed. Also, the format of a story and how it is constructed helps listeners to remember the information better. If you want to listener to remember the information, it is the story format that best helps the listener to remember it.

Storytelling helps people remember more details and helps people recall more details. Those who actively listen and create stories have more expansive and more detailed imagery.

For more information on this topic please see:

What’s Your Story, by Daniel Pink, Fast Company (December 18, 2007):

Haven, Kendall F. Story Proof: the Science behind the Startling Power of Story. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

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