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Lousy memory? Imagining something from a personal perspective can help, a new study shows.

University of Arizona scientists asked participants to recall five lists of 24 adjectives that describe personality traits.

As they were presented with each personality trait, the participants were instructed to employ one of five strategies: think of a word that rhymes with the trait, think of a definition for the trait, think about how the trait describes them, think of a time when they acted out the trait, or imagine acting out the trait — self-imagining.

For all participants—both healthy and memory-impaired—self-imagination boosted free recall of the personality traits more than any of the other strategies.

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