#15 Visual Association
When we learn new vocabulary our brains often implement a technique called visual association. By using visual imagery and associating new information with the knowledge we already have, we are able to learn new things.
Take, for example, the word ratatouille; a French vegetable stew dish. If you hadn’t heard of this word before, one way to memorise it could be to break it down into what it sounds like. Ratatouille sounds like ‘rat’ and ‘tattoo’.
So to learn this new word, instead of using brainpower to forcefully remember the word ‘ratatouille’, we can utilise past knowledge to simply put together two words we already know. This way when we think of the dish we send a visual cue to our brain, making the information easier to retain.