Friday, August 01, 2003
The Attic of Your Mind

Over at Alphecca, Jeff Soyer explores the memory-as-home metaphor in this post.

A related concept that's been used by folks since, oh, at least the ancient Greeks, that Jeff's post brings to mind, is using the map of someplace you know, like, say, your home, as a tool when you have to organize information.

Say you have to give a speech. You "put" different elements -- paragraphs, bullets, whatever chunks you like -- of content into different rooms of a building you already know. So, you use existing spatial associations you already have to help structure the abstract information you're trying to present to yourself or to others.

All this talk of mental imagery: It makes me think that it's about time to clean out the attic.

a picture of mental floss