i have an awful time with face-name association, like most dyscalculaics.
i’ve found ways to get other pieces of information into my head in ways that i can use them (such as: speaking number combinations aloud reroutes them through my verbal centers, thus allowing me to memorize the sequence almost instantly), but i cannot for the life of me figure out how to re-route my problems with face-name association.
mine’s pretty severe; if i haven’t seen someone’s name and their face in a while, i’ll totally blank. this cropped up yesterday while i was tagging family photos. i couldn’t think of my brother’s girlfriend’s name, and they’ve been an item for like five years. i mean, come on.
other potential factors: i’m super-visual. i make my living as a graphic designer, and i have a right-on instinct for color and chromatics. i am also a good dancer, in that i can translate patterns into movement pretty instinctively, but if anyone tells me to dance the names into my head i’m gonna assume it’s comedy.
posted by patricking to health & fitness (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Consider using an SRS like Anki. I’m not just suggesting it out of the blue, I’m sure I’ve read it suggested before that you can use SRSs effectively to memorise faces, names, family relations etc.